Report: West Ham now want to take PL rival's £60m star after he tells them he's not signing a new contract
West Ham want Leeds United winger Raphinha in this summer’s transfer window amid a contract standoff at Elland Road.
90Min say that David Moyes still wants the Brazilian, for whom he saw a £50 million bid turned down during the January transfer window.
Raphinha has been heavily linked with Barcelona, although they have financial problems and interest in Robert Lewandowski.
That has seen the 25-year-old forced to wait around for a Nou Camp switch and he is seemingly not willing to do that this summer.
West Ham want Raphinha
Their report reads: “West Ham are still interested in signing Leeds United winger Raphinha. 25-year-old Raphinha was the subject of a failed £50m bid from West Ham towards the end of the January transfer window, but he remains on the club’s extensive list of targets as David Moyes looks to pad out his squad with added depth.
“Raphinha is also of interest to Barcelona and a number of other clubs, but the Catalan giants’ precarious financial situation means they may struggle to meet Leeds’ valuation, which 90min understands to be around the £60m mark.
“The Brazilian has publicly stated that his future is ‘out of his hands’, although 90min has learned that he has already told Leeds that he does not wish to sign a new and improved contract – his current deal has two years left to run.
“West Ham do have the financial firepower to make a transfer happen but it remains to be seen whether spending heavily on Raphinha, who has scored 17 goals and contributed 12 assists in two Premier League seasons, is deemed to be a shrewd move given a number of other positions need to be strengthened.“
West Ham can offer European football, but it is not disrespectful to say they are not a European giant like Barcelona.
That said, they did go further in the Europa League than the La Liga outfit last season, although they were both beaten by the same opponents in eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt.
They tried a mid-season £50 million bid, can they get to £60 million this summer? That would be huge for an ownership regime who do not usually spend those sums.
It would be a signal of intent, although the Hammers already have a superb right-footed forward who cuts in from the left in the shape of Jarrod Bowen.
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