West Ham United have been linked with Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot.
Speculation has been growing that West Ham could be set to sign the Portugal Under 21 star who has slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
The reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee claims David Moyes is keen to sign full-back Dalot when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast (Thursday July 23rd).
And rumours on social media claim West Ham could be set to sign Dalot on an initial loan.
Old Trafford outcast Dalot linked with West Ham move
It comes after ExWHUemployee responded to a picture of Dalot posted by Hammers Chat on Twitter.
When West Ham fans want answers they tend to turn to ExWHUemployee.
And the anonymous Twitter and podcast personality responded to the picture of Dalot simply with a ‘look’ eyes emoji.
That had fans thinking a deal could be on the cards.
ExWHUemployee has since deleted the post. It is not clear why, but that did not stop some fans screenshotting his reaction to the Dalot picture and sharing it.
What Mourinho said about his £19m compatriot
Now many West Ham fans are convinced Moyes could be set to make his second signing of the window after the permanent capture of Tomas Soucek.
But with just 34 appearances under his belt after two years at Man United, it is difficult to judge whether Dalot would be a good capture for the Hammers.
So West Ham fans might be interested to learn what former Man United and now Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho said about his compatriot when he forked out £19million to sign the defender from old club Porto.
Speaking after sealing the signing of Dalot back in the summer of 2018, Mourinho said he was the best player of his age in that position in Europe (ManUtd.com).
And he likened him to Red Devils legend Gary Neville.
“Everybody knows that he has fantastic potential,” Mourinho told Manchester United’s official site two years ago.
“I don’t want to compare, especially not the number of titles. But he is probably the same age as Gary Neville when he came into the first team. Probably he can follow Neville in this dynamic of more than 10 years as United’s right-back, with amazing conditions to improve, because as I was saying he’s 19 years old.
He added: “He has all the attributes that a full-back needs. Physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto Academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.
“In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe. And we all believe he has a bright future ahead of him at Manchester United.”
Glowing reference for a deal that makes sense to cash-strapped Hammers
A glowing reference if ever there was one.
Put club rivalry aside for one moment given Mourinho is at West Ham’s bitter rivals Spurs. He is still a top manager who knows a player.
West Ham have no money for players this window according to insiders Claret & Hugh.
Moyes must sell to buy and he will undoubtedly also be looking to the loan market. As will many clubs in the wake of the global health crisis.