West Ham could lose out on Luizao as a report warns of a potential twist with agent fees holding up the deal for Brazilian defender, writes the HammerNews.
It has been widely reported that West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Sao Paolo centre-back Luizao.
In fact 90min claimed this week that a deal had been agreed for the 20-year-old to join the Hammers when his contract expires on January 31st.
Given the uncertainty over Kurt Zouma’s recovery timescale following a knee operation, Craig Dawson’s eagerness to move to a club further north for family reasons and the concern of Nayef Aguerd’s injury issues it makes perfect sense that David Moyes is keen to sign a defender in next month’s window.
Sao Paulo boss Rogerio Ceni recently admitted Luizao was “very likely to leave” and that his imminent departure would be a “painful process” for the club.
90min claimed this week that sources told them Luizao has turned down two new contract offers from Sao Paolo in order to join West Ham.
“Benfica, Sporting, Porto, Fulham, Wolves, Juventus and the Red Bull group all put offers forward to Luizao, but 90min has learned a pre-contract agreement with West Ham has been signed and he’ll be joining David Moyes’ side on a three-and-a-half year contract,” 90min reported this week.
But that pre-contract amounts to nothing more than a “gentleman’s agreement” and the deal is by no means done according to a Hammers insider.
West Ham could lose out on Luizao as report warns of a twist with agent fees holding up the deal for the Brazilian defender.
According to Sean Whetstone on 6foot2, West Ham are still negotiating the massive fees the agents want to finalise the final deal and suggest the player himself will demand a substantial signing on fee.
“The Hammers are reported to have agreed on a pre-contract with a Brazilian defender, but the enforceability of a pre-contract is debatable and often referred to a gentleman’s agreement,” Whetstone said on 6foot2.
“Pre-contracts are generally not binding under English law as they are usually marked ‘Subject to Contract’ and are simply a commitment by the parties to enter into a later contract.
“There is still some way to go before we see this young man lift up a West Ham shirt, and we could see a twist and turn before the end of January.”