Hammers target Lyon defender

Rafael-da-Silva2West Ham United are today reported as being interested in signing Lyon full-back Rafael this summer.

The Brazilian joined the French outfit last summer from Manchester United and rapidly established himself as the club’s first choice right-back, ahead of French international Christophe Jallet.

ClaretandHugh reported last summer that the Irons were keen on the defender but eventually went for Sam Byram later in the campaign.

Twenty five year old Rafael made 109 appearances at Old Trafford, scoring five goals along the way.

A right back is definitely on the target list for the Irons this summer and according to L’Équipe the interest is genuine.


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2 comments on “Hammers target Lyon defender

  1. I have to admit I was never that impressed with Rafael, he is a full back that always looked like he had a mistake in him, unless a year at Lyon has improved him I hope this one doesn’t pan out unless we are buying him to be 2nd choice, from what I have seen of Byram I liked him a lot, he is very athletic perhaps not as good defensively as offensively but give him a chance he looks like someone that will always give 100% every time he steps on the field so lets see more of him please.

  2. Not for me prefer Byram Tomkins Dobson and Antonio,what happened to the Turk international freebie Slav likes,
    Did his agent get him his pay rise he wanted and he is not moving ?
    Why not give Byram his chance first and buy a central defender to play with Ogbonna,
    Now Newcastle is going down Lascelles looks a good player,
    Rieger is back on the horizon of Arsenal as well for about £15 million

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