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West Ham making a profit on Fernandes would be extremely shrewd business

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West Ham making a profit on Fernandes would be extremely shrewd business

Edimilson Fernandes has done little to enhance his reputation at West Ham and getting £8 million for him looks a great deal.

Edimilson Fernandes is nearing his exit from West Ham United this summer, according to a report by the Sun.

They report that the midfielder, who spent the season on loan at Fiorentina, has attracted the attention of Bundesliga club Mainz, who are closing in.

They say that Fernandes will cost Mainz £8 million, representing a profit on the £5 million Slaven Bilic reportedly paid to snare the midfielder back in 2016.

 

In that time, he has never established himself in West Ham’s first team for any length of time or shown any significant improvement for a young player – doing little to enhance his reputation.

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That means that making a profit on the £30,000 a week (Spotrac) flop is a very strong achievement from a Hammers board who haven’t been the best operators in the transfer market in recent seasons.

Manuel Pellegrini needs every penny he can get – both in terms of clearing the wage budget and transfer fees – to revamp his squad to build on the 10th place finish.

But making a profit on a player who hasn’t enhanced his reputation is not an easy task and while some Hammers fans may want the Swiss given a chance given their side’s relative weakness in midfield, this move is best for all parties.

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