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'He told me': Moyes says he's been tipped off that £30m star West Ham reportedly nearly signed is brilliant
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'He told me': Moyes says he's been tipped off that £30m star West Ham reportedly nearly signed is brilliant

World Cup star Goncalo Ramos was a reported target for West Ham United in the summer and their manager David Moyes has now praised him.

In August, 90Min reported that the Hammers were among a host of Premier League clubs eyeing a £30 million swoop for the Benfica forward.

Nobody pounced and on Tuesday night, Ramos took his career to a new level with a hat-trick for Portugal in a 6-1 win over Switzerland.

In the Times, Moyes said he has been told by Ramos’ club manager Roger Schmidt just how good the forward is, which would mean it is no surprise West Ham were linked.

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Moyes on Ramos

The Scot wrote: “Part of being a good coach is being able to make big decisions and Fernando Santos made a huge call in dropping Cristiano Ronaldo for the 6-1 victory over Switzerland.

“Decisions can go wrong and Santos would have had the whole world saying, “how could you leave the top goalscorer in the world out?” had he lost to the Swiss.

“He showed huge courage — and got it right. I sat next to Benfica’s coach, Roger Schmidt, at a UEFA coaches forum a few weeks ago.

“He told me how good Gonçalo Ramos is so it wasn’t entirely a surprise to see him scoring a brilliant hat-trick after coming in for Ronaldo.”

It seems Ramos’ pricetag and status has now sky-rocketed and a Champions League club may now consider him a viable option as a first choice.

The likes of Manchester United are looking for forwards to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, and there is a chance Ramos takes over from his countryman at club and international level.

West Ham signed Gianluca Scamacca in the summer to boost their firepower and the Italian has impressed in east London, so Moyes cannot be too disappointed with his summer.

For fans of a few Premier League clubs, there might be a case of what might have been after seeing Ramos tear it up on the world stage this week.

But one good performance does not make a player and he needs to follow it up on Saturday night and fire his side into the last four.

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