West Ham United were in the driving seat to sign Marcos Paulo ahead of a number of Premier League sides, according to a report from TEAMtalk earlier this month.
The Hammers fans will be hoping to see the club enjoy a busy end to the window. David Moyes’s side have lost their opening two Premier League games and produced an abject display on the opening day.
The 19-year-old appeared to be one of the names who was coming close to moving to the London Stadium.
TEAMtalk reported this month that the Irons had held talks with his representatives. And it was suggested that they were ahead of four Premier League rivals in the battle for his signature.
Unfortunately however, it appears that Moyes’s men are set for further disappointment.
French outlet Foot Mercato has suggested that Marseille are going to win the race for the teenager. Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that they expect a striker to join on Wednesday.
And the report suggests that that forward is the Fluminense man. It is noted that the fee is likely to be over £9.2 million (€10 million).
Of course, the move means that Marcos Paulo is set to play alongside former Hammer Dimitri Payet at Stade Velodrome.
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It remains to be seen if West Ham rue seemingly missing out on the youngster. Some would argue that it was always going to be a gamble to make a move given his age and lack of experience.
But it still arguably increases the pressure on the club just that little bit more. He looks to have an incredibly bright future ahead, and a deal would have lifted the spirits.
However, it now appears that Moyes is going to need to look elsewhere if he wants to bolster his attacking options.