Hammers Track Teenage Prodigy

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West Ham United are keeping a close eye on Palmeiras’ teenage midfielder Luis Guilherme, according to Brazilian media outlet Nosso Palestra. The 18-year-old is considered a rising star in Brazil, despite making only a handful of appearances for Palmeiras this season.

West Ham aren’t alone in their pursuit of Guilherme. Brentford have reportedly already initiated talks with Palmeiras to understand the player’s availability, indicating strong competition for his signature.

Palmeiras have slapped a hefty £46.7 million price tag on Guilherme, which could be a stumbling block for West Ham.

Despite his limited playing time, Guilherme’s potential is undeniable. His talent has caught the attention of multiple clubs, and with new manager Julen Lopetegui prioritising midfield reinforcements, Guilherme could be a valuable addition. The failed loan move for Kalvin Phillips further strengthens the need for a central midfielder.

The upcoming departure of Endrick to Real Madrid could pave the way for Guilherme to see more playing time at Palmeiras. This potential increase in experience could be attractive to West Ham.

While the potential return of Flynn Downes from his loan spell at Southampton frees up a midfield spot, Guilherme’s price tag remains a significant hurdle. West Ham might also prioritise a more established player to complement the likes of Tomas Soucek, James Ward-Prowse, and Edson Alvarez.

West Ham’s interest in Luis Guilherme reflects their desire to revamp their midfield under Lopetegui. The young Brazilian’s potential is exciting, but the hefty price tag and limited experience make him a high-risk, high-reward proposition. The Hammers will need to carefully weigh the long-term investment against the need for immediate solutions in central midfield.

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