West Ham were one of a number of teams who made contact with Vasco da Gama over Chelsea-bound wonderkid Andrey Santos, UOL Sport reports, informs the WestHamZone.
The teenager is due to move to Stamford Bridge pending a successful medical, but only after the Hammers got in contact with the Brazilian club, along with the likes of Barcelona.
A breakout year for the midfielder in which he made 42 appearances and scored 11 goals during 2022 [Transfermarkt] attracted a lot of attention and the Irons were part of that.
David Moyes is looking to strengthen again in January despite spending heavily in the summer, as the season has so far proven a major disappointment.
West Ham have secured one youngster from Brazil already in the form of defender Luizao from Sao Paulo, but with Chelsea reportedly on the brink of securing a move for Andrey that could cost as much as £25million [UOL Sport, 23 December] the Irons were unsuccessful in investigating a second.
Not many clubs will beat the Blues to signing young talent considering the cash they are ready to throw at potential stars of the future under Todd Boehly.
But midfield is an area where the Hammers could do with a spark, with Declan Rice fighting a losing battle more or less on his own at the Emirates on Boxing Day (26 December).
The ineffective Tomas Soucek and Lucas Paqueta offered little going foward and even less in a defensive capacity, while Moyes’ ongoing reluctance to put Flynn Downes at the base of the midfield continues to confound.
Very few of the summer transfer haul have hit the ground running for one reason or another, and while the club are clearly of a mind to add further in the winter window it is far from clear that it will be the answer.
Moyes, whose set up seemed so clear when he was operating with a relative skeleton crew last season, doesn’t seem to have a plan for how to integrate the new arrivals effectively.
So even if West Ham had been successful with an early attempt to land Andrey from Vasco it is just as likely that he would have found himself sitting on the bench next to Downes.
The Arsenal defeat was deflating but in the overall context of either side’s season wasn’t a major shock, and it will be the upcoming matches against fellow strugglers that have the potential to make or break the campaign, and arguably the manager’s future in east London.