West Ham are eyeing a move to beat Leeds to the signing of Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report from French publication Jeunes Footeux who claim that the Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring the 57-capped Portugal international to the London Stadium.
The 28-year-old is out of contract with Dortmund in the summer of 2023, meaning that he can sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside Germany, such as West Ham ands Leeds, from January 1st.
Interestingly though, West Ham want to steal a march on their rivals by signing him in January for a nominal fee (Jeunes Footeux).
Left-back is clearly an area at the London Stadium where Moyes wants to strengthen in January. Aaron. Cresswell will be 33 next month whilst Emerson hasn’t really established himself yet at the club.
And it seems as though the Scot has someone specific in mind…
West Ham eyeing January Raphael Guerreiro swoop
French media outlet Jeunes Footeux claim that the Hammers could be in pole position for the 28-year-old Dortmund ace’s signature.
That’s because we are willing to pay a transfer fee for him in January, unlike Leeds who want to sign him on a free transfer in the summer.
I believe that the Portuguese ace would be a fine addition to Moyes’s squad this winter.
In 12 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, Guerreiro has bagged one goal and two assists. During those outings, the 28-year-old has averaged 1.5 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per match. He has made 54 passes per game on average and has recorded an impressive completion rate of 85.3% (Who Scored).
The Portugal international possesses exceptional technique and has energy and pace in abundance.
Borussia Dortmund website Fear The Wall recently labelled him as a ‘world-class’ player’.
He is highly experienced and has a European Championship winner’s medal to his name as well.
Quite how much the Hammers will have to pay to beat Leeds to his signature remains to be seen.
Should West Ham manage to sign Raphael Guerreiro in the January transfer window though, I believe he’ll be a huge upgrade on David Moyes’s current options.