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Irons confirm deal

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Luizao from Sao Paulo.

The 20-year-old is set to link up with the Hammers on January 1st, 2023, upon the expiration of his contract with the Brazilian club.

He has signed a deal with West Ham until 2026, perhaps indicating the faith that the club have in him.

The Hammers have been chasing a deal for Luizao for months and have now managed to secure the player’s signature.

Luizao made his senior debut for Sao Paulo in May and has gone on to make 20 first-team appearances for the club.

The young defender, it has been confirmed, will initially join up with the club’s U23 squad as he continues his development but will aim to break into David Moyes’ first-team across the coming months.

No mention has been made of any fee, so one has to assume that this will be a free transfer, due to Luizao’s contract situation.

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3 comments on “Irons confirm deal

  1. Why would you put a player who has played 20 times for a top Brazilian team and put him in the academy set up. Only a clown like Moyes would dream up something like that. I feel sorry for any young player involved in the club under Moyes stewardship. Awful management and let’s say it as it is it’s all about Moyes from moyes perspective.

  2. Saying he’ll play for the U-23’s probably helped to get him on a free or minimal fee. Hope he gets a work permit. Might even inspire our current crop of defenders to step up. Actually, looking at the stats, I’m not particularly worried about defence- we need to score more.

  3. The West Ham U23’s squad is a perfect way for this young player to be introduced to British football. 20 senior games in Brazil is hardly great experience. If Luiazao does hit the ground running and West Ham suffer a couple of first team injuries, we might see him before next season. Regardless, it’s a potentially good investment.

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