Hammers Stumble in Bruno Pursuit

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West Ham United‘s hopes of landing Brazilian defender Fabricio Bruno have been met with a roadblock, according to journalist Venê Casagrande.

Casagrande’s report indicates that Bruno has rejected West Ham’s initial contract offer, stalling negotiations between the player and the club. While Flamengo, Bruno’s current club, appears to have agreed to a transfer fee with West Ham, personal terms remain a sticking point.

This unexpected turn of events throws the entire transfer into question, raising the possibility that it might fall through entirely.

For many West Ham fans, the news comes as a disappointment. Journalist Fabrizio Romano’s earlier “here we go” tweet had led them to believe the deal was practically finalised.

With Bruno expected to be their first marquee signing under new manager Julen Lopetegui, West Ham finds itself under significant pressure to secure his signature. A failed transfer could not only impact squad morale but also potentially strain Lopetegui’s relationship with the club early in his tenure, considering his past of leaving clubs abruptly.

The Irons initial optimism surrounding the Bruno transfer has been significantly dampened by the contract standoff. The club must now find a way to meet Bruno’s wage demands to avoid losing him and potentially disrupting the early days of the Lopetegui era.

It’s hard to know where the truth is on this rumour given Romano’s earlier certainty but the Italian ITK has been the more reliable source historically.

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  • Paul says:

    Jlo welcome to the world of Sullivan&Brady

  • Anon says:

    Sullivan and useless part time Brady

    • SV says:

      I just wonder why at 28 he’s still playing football in Brazil. Why hasn’t he been picked up by a European team by now?

  • D says:

    With West Ham you can’t get too excited about a new transfer until you see the player coming on for his debut

    • Jimbo says:

      Usually terms are agreed with the player up front. Sounds like Bruno is moving the goal posts, in which case we are right to stand firm or to move on.

      • Chingford says:

        Bin him and move on, otherwise all impending signings could try the same thing

  • Hugh Jassoll says:

    marquee signing?

  • Bennyboy baker says:

    Given the amount of money that Ings as a example earns for just sitting around I find it unbelievable that the club can’t offer a decent wage to a player we want to sign it’s the same old story Sullivan just doesn’t like to part with money really not good enough from a club that has made such a big profit over the past year

  • Pongo says:

    Typical West ham according to all reports the deal was done even Romano said here we go and he was supposed to be our first new signing they way our club is being run at the moment I cannot see anything other than the London stadium being a refuge for aged and retiring players a bit like a care home and with the, amount of players set to leave before the new season starts suddenly we will have the toungest squad in the Premier league as we will have to play our youth team in most fixtures.

    • D.f.butcher says:

      I’ll be generous and give loopydago till Christmas,

    • SydneyC says:

      If it was ‘done’ then wouldn’t that have included a decision on the wages? If the deal was ‘done’ then it sounds like the agent playing for more money.
      Everybody always assumes it’s the Club that is the problem. This isn’t Football Manager, players have a say in the transfer including when they are ready to sign and for how much.
      Personally this guy seems like another Fabian Balbuena, so I don’t think he’s worth getting excited about.

  • Paul Taylor says:

    I had hoped we had moved on from signing player’s 27 or over particularly those with absolutely no football or cultural experience outside of South America. Apparently not. Silly season already upon us not a hope in hell of Ivan Toney but at least we’re safe from Maguire, Tominey and Phillips.

  • rollercoaster hammer says:

    not racist at all 😒🤨

  • Jeeps says:

    What a saga.
    Tim Steidten loves a trip to Brazil (must be the air).
    Aug 2023, nearing end of transfer season (as usual) he flew to Brazil to sign Corinthians Yuri Alberto/Flamingos Pedro.
    Deal was all but done and at last minute collapsed.
    Seems like all west ham stories end the same.
    After last year back line needs to be solid.
    Don’t matter how many goals you score if more are being conceded.
    What’s happening about Max Kilman or is he to expensive?

  • ResultsMatter says:

    According to the Portuguese site OJOGO (quoting Brazilian sources), his wife is pregnant and the salary offered by West Ham was not “significantly higher” than what he is getting now, so he felt it was too much work to move to England for just that.

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