West Ham United table £12.3m bid for Athletico Paranaense forward Victor Roque
West Ham have tabled a £12.3m bid for Brazilian wonderkid Victor Roque, but it falls well short of his club’s valuation according to UOL.
The Hammers have already completed the signing of Danny Ings this month, but he picked up a knee injury and is expected to miss around a month while Gianluca Scamacca is injured too.
But according to a report by UOL (24 January), David Moyes’ side tabled a bid worth £12.3m for the 17-year-old forward but Athletico Paranaense didn’t even consider it as they value him at around £35m.
“Athletico values Vítor Roque behind the scenes at approximately 40 million euros (£35 million). It is the price that the club from Paraná has passed on to the main interested parties in the ball market, including West Ham,” they wrote.
“Last week, the English club signalled a proposal of around 14 million euros (£12.3 million) for the young striker. At the time, Hurricane did not even consider the survey, given the differences in values.”
We’ve heard about the club’s recent scouting missions in South America and Brazil in particular from Rob Newman, so it seems pretty clear that this is a possibility.
Roque is a highly-rated talent on the continent and is currently representing Brazil at Under-20 level, showing how talented he is for his age.
But it should be noted that the £35m valuation isn’t totally crazy, considering he has got an £86m release clause in his contract at the club.
They will also have just seen 16-year-old Endrick sold to Real Madrid for around £45m a year in advance and will know that they have got a top quality player on their hands, so selling him too cheaply won’t be something they’re willing to consider.
But West Ham will know how good he can be and since a transfer is more likely to be with an eye on the future than an immediate first-team impact, it’s one they should look at closely and keep trying to close because it can surely only end well.