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West Ham agree terms with Grealish lite

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Reports from Turkey indicate that West Ham United have agreed on personal terms with Jota Silva, who has a £17 million release clause in his contract with Vitoria Guimaraes. This news comes amid interest from Fenerbahce, managed by Jose Mourinho, but it appears that the Hammers have the edge in securing the forward.

On the same day, it was disclosed that Southampton’s right-back, Kyle Walker-Peters, has also agreed to join West Ham. This raises questions about whether the Irons are finalising terms with multiple players without securing agreements with their respective clubs first, or if these rumours lack substance altogether.

Jota Silva, a two-cap Portugal international, primarily plays as a left-winger but can also operate on the right or as a striker, offering significant versatility to West Ham’s manager, Julen Lopetegui. His adaptability and work ethic have impressed Portugal’s national team coach, Roberto Martinez, who has praised the 24-year-old’s progress:

“Jota is a unique player. His versatility, hard work, and competitiveness stand out. His journey through the second division has endowed him with distinct qualities. I closely watched his recent performances, and in football, luck plays a part. Jota is in a great moment and deserved his national team call-up.

“When a team has a good dynamic, players like Jota thrive. He is an example for those who didn’t make it to youth national teams but have risen to deserve a spot in the senior team. He sets a good example.”

Silva has been labelled “the Portuguese Jack Grealish,” likely due to his signature headband rather than any off-field antics.

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