By Pranav Shahaney

5th Dec, 2022 | 6:40pm

ExWHUemployee shares major update on West Ham United quest to complete Luizao transfer

West Ham are reportedly expected to secure a deal for Sao Paulo defender Luizao with it likely to get decided by compensation as his contract is expiring.

According to ExWHUemployee, the Hammers did not want to pay compensation initially as he rejected numerous contract extensions, but they’re now likely to do so.

While they will say he’s a first-team player to fast track his work permit, he’s unlikely to be integrated right away with the seniors.

Ex wrote, “We wanted to agree a percentage of future transfer fees instead with a smaller fee, although it isn’t clear, it appears the deal will be decided by compensation and is still waiting the decision of a work permit too.

“The club will argue he is being signed to feature in the first team already as part of the proposals to get a work permit but realistically he isn’t expected to feature consistently until the next season.”

Good move?

Luizao is a 20-year-old and is clearly signed for the future but he could be a decent option given the number of injuries.

The Hammers did spend big in the summer and may not have too much to sign another big-name defender so they have gone for a player on a free transfer.

Premier League rivals Fulham and Wolves also made attempts to sign him but it seems that West Ham have won the race for his services.

It’s good to see the club moving early as usually they have been criticised for acting way too late in the window.

We’re hoping that he gets the work permit as soon as possible and that he’s announced as a West Ham player in the due course.

David Moyes will be delighted to see the club securing a signing one month in advance and he now has to deliver as many of his players are underperforming.