By Joe Ellis

6th May, 2022 | 11:10am

West Ham United want to sign Lyon winger Tete, will be free this summer

West Ham United have entered the race to sign Brazilian winger Tete from Lyon with his short-term deal expiring in the summer, according to talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old only arrived in France on 31 March having had his contract terminated at Shakhtar Donetsk following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a month prior that suspended all sport in the country.

They moved to bring him in just before the Hammers were due to be their opponents in the Europa League quarter-finals but that couldn’t stop David Moyes’ side from progressing to the semi-finals.

UEFA gave all Ukrainian or Russian contracted players the chance to move temporarily as a result of the war in Eastern Europe but Tete had his contract terminated already which means once his short-term deal at Lyon expires, he will be free to sign for anyone he likes.

Leicester City, Brentford and Southampton are also in the race to bring the Brazilian to the Premier League but Moyes wants him to come in and take the onus off Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen in front of goal.

No thanks

We watched him in two games against us earlier this season and he did next to nothing to hurt us.

He might have a bit of potential in him but at 22 years of age, he needs to be getting fairly close to it already if he is going to be able to make it in the Premier League.

Moyes won’t have been all that worried about him when he came up against him so if he really is interested in signing him in the summer then he must really believe in the hype.

The fact of the matter is though that if he was really all he has been hyped up to be, he would have been snapped up by a team much better than Lyon in March.

Sure a free transfer would be a smart signing but we have to be careful not to bring him in just because he would cost nothing and focus instead on getting actual quality at the London Stadium.

In other West Ham news, this Hammer is piquing the interest of these European giants but the transfer fee suggested is pitifully low.

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