West Ham Plot Delayed Move for Brazilian Starlet

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West Ham United could be taking an unorthodox approach to land their transfer target, 19-year-old Brazilian attacker Wesley Gassova.

Reports from Goal suggest West Ham are willing to accept a proposal from Corinthians, Gassova’s current club, to keep him in Brazil until the end of their domestic season in December 2024.

This would see a transfer fee agreed upon this summer, with Gassova officially joining the Hammers in January 2025.This strategy aims to secure Gassova while fending off interest from rival clubs like Atletico Madrid, Real Betis, Brighton, Crystal Palace, and AC Milan.
Benefits of Waiting:

While West Ham would ideally have Gassova immediately, they see advantages to waiting:
Player Development: Gassova can gain valuable experience and potentially increase his value by playing another half-season in Brazil.
Reduced Fee: Corinthians might be more open to negotiating a lower price after their season concludes.

This deal aligns with West Ham’s transfer strategy under technical director Tim Steidten, who has been actively scouting in Brazil.
This follows their successful acquisition of Luis Guilherme and their failed attempt to sign Fabricio Bruno.

West Ham’s initial £12.6 million bid for Gassova was rejected, but an improved offer of £16 million might be enough.

West Ham’s willingness to wait for Gassova highlights their long-term vision. If they can secure him at a reasonable price and allow him to further develop, it could be a strategically sound move for the club.

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