By George Overhill

5th Dec, 2022 | 2:45pm

Luizao has agreed a pre-contract with West Ham and will join the club at the end of his Sao Paulo deal, according to 90min.

The highly-rated Brazilian defender was generating interest widely in Europe, with Juventus, Porto, Benfica, Sporting, and the Red Bull Group all making offers.

Premier League rivals Fulham and Wolves also made attempts to sign the 20-year-old, but the Hammers have come out on top, and he will join on a three-and-a-half year deal subject to securing a work permit.

According to the 90min report, West Ham want to “immediately integrate him into their first team squad” upon arrival at the end of January.

The Irons wanted to bring the date forward and had offered to pay a fee in order to do so, but the Brazilian side rejected that offer.

Result

The club look to have pulled off an impressive coup for the centre-back with so many teams also in the hunt for his signature, and David Moyes will likely be delighted to get a first January deal tied up early.

The potential stumbling block of the work permit remains however, given that Luizao is not a full international and has only played a handful of times in the Brazilian top flight.

But having pressed on for some weeks despite that the club must have some confidence that it won’t be a problem, and their defensive ranks can be boosted this season.

With Nayef Aguerd now deemed fit enough for involvement in the Premier League squad, having played 75 minutes in the final game before he went to the World Cup, Moyes’ options will be boosted significantly.

He is going to need all the help he can muster to kick start what has been a disappointing season so far, with injuries and inconsistency from new signings and key performers at the heart.

If he doesn’t then speculation over his future will continue, while the noise around the potential departure of captain Declan Rice will begin to dominate.