Hammers scout Jimenez

JiminezWest Ham sent scouts to Portugal on Monday night to watch Benicia’s Raul Jimenez claims Portuguese media outlet www.ojogo.pt today.

They claim foreign scouts from Manchester United, Spurs, Aston Villa, Montpellier and Anderlecht were also present. From Portugal, FC Porto, Sporting, Aves, Tondela, V. Setúbal and Rio Ave sent scouts to watch Benfica beat Chaves 1-0.

Benfica are keen to offload Jimenez with him having just one year left on his contract and have placed a €40m price tag on him.

Jimenez has been linked with a move to West Ham before. In August 2015, he was close to agreeing a deal to sign for West Ham on loan but reports claimed that the move fell through after Jimenez overslept and missed his flight to London.

He was at Atletico Madrid at the time and following the collapse of this move, Benfica swooped in and signed the Mexican for €10m.

In two seasons with Benfica, Jimenez has scored 23 goals in 77 games, helping them to win back-to-back titles in the Portuguese league. He was also part of the Benfica side that reached the quarter finals of the Champions League in 2016, scoring in the second leg against Bayern Munich but the Eagles were knocked out 3-2 on aggregate.



About Sean Whetstone

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13 comments on “Hammers scout Jimenez

  1. The report I read said he came on as a sub and was anonymous, could have been a mexican Modigo Maiga…

  2. I think far to much port is being drank out there 😉 negotiators half full come to mind 😂😂
    They were supposed to be at sporting 😂😂

  3. Another 1 month negotiation with no result
    At the moment with Sak back the Pea and Martinez we have cover and A C back for Xmas
    We need better defenders and a creative midfielder unless the Jewel is going to be fit for every game

  4. Agree think we are just in the area and have scouted Jimenez but for the money they won’t we could get much better CF and have money left for centre half….

  5. Any chance of us buying some decent defenders maybe?
    Go ge

  6. So I presume this fella’s a striker, (the devil’s in the details!)

  7. Must be some out there.

  8. Offer 15 mill for McCauley and they would struggle to turn it down.

  9. Big fan of McCauly but at 37 be big risk like Fonte.
    Rather look outside England or in Championship.
    Think Maguire was a great buy wish we would have gone in for him.
    Evans would be great fr WBA true leader but won’t sell him.
    CBs are out there. Jannson Lees in Championship Bundesliga would have likes to get Brooks and Sule went for £18m he is Brilliant.
    Bundesliga make very well rounded CBs and if Chelsea but VVD or big name CB go for Christensen at 21 is more experienced than 25 yo’s.

    • I think we have an abundance of good young CB’s, Oxford, Rice &a Burke when playing well all 4 of our current CB’s are good Reid is a beast when he is played in position just put him alongside Collins they can repel most attacks, I am in two minds whether to sign a new CB as I would like to see our kids fill those positions, I think we could do with another target man, Troy Deeney is supposedly available he could do a decent job, Slimani or Chris Wood from Leeds also seem like decent options for when the Poppadom isn’t broken.

  10. Put Reid next to Collins and Hart will spend all day picking the ball out of the back of the net
    Things have changed at the top manure,City,Leicester,Chelski Gooners Spuds Everton have add speed not size to their front row our defence will not know what’s happening
    Agree Burke Oxford Rice and add Oggy then we will cope with speed but someone needs to tell our owners and manager

  11. From what I have read apparently Slav isn’t in the Mkt for another Striker which is fine by me if Toni is in Squad like is supposed to be.
    Would much rather Strengthen Defense and Midfield….
    A lot.of Young talent but if we could move Fonte out and bring in a CB in mid 20s that would be great bc Ogbonna is only CB with pace outside Rice and for me he was Better than Reid in Man U game. But both are Injury prone. So a solid 22-27 year old would be great Christensen I would love and if Chelsea buy VVD or another big name CB could get him.
    But our Defense has been rough for 2 years even when finished 7th we shipped a lot of goals a d last season we were think 3rd most for goals conceded

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