West Ham 'prepared to make offer' for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo - report
West Ham want to sign Palmeiras midfielder Danilo and are ‘prepared to make an offer’ for the Brazilian this winter, according to Lance.
Youngster Danilo is currently a key member of the Palmeiras squad, having won the Copa do Brasil and a Paulistao already in his career.
According to Esportes earlier this month, West Ham and Arsenal had made their interest in the player known but Palmeiras are not interested in a sale during the winter window.
However, an update on the story from Lance suggests that the Hammers are prepared to make an offer worth up to £20.9m to secure the services of the 20-year-old, but that Arsenal are still in the race too.
The report suggests the Gunners are willing to offer a similar amount to West Ham but could add an extra £4.2m in bonuses to sweeten the deal.
There is little doubt about the quality of young Danilo, but whether that will translate to the Premier League is a different matter entirely.
West Ham aren’t really in need of a central midfielder this month, but with Mark Noble retiring and the future of Declan Rice far from secure in the summer, this deal could be a way of integrating him early.
According to Lance, Palmeiras have zero interest in selling prior to the UEFA Club World Cup in February but if the player was to push for a move then it is expected that they wouldn’t stand in his way. They say the player has a €100m (£83.5m) release clause though, so it won’t be cheap regardless.
David Moyes has always had a top eye for obscure talent, so if he wants to bring in Danilo then it’s hard to argue with him considering his track record in the past.
A deal this winter could be exactly what is necessary to get a head-start on other clubs in Europe for his signature so if a deal is there to be done at a reasonable fee, the Hammers should get it done.
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