However, West Ham can’t buy a win at the moment and they are desperate to strengthen their squad in January and the possibility that Juninho will be available has put boss Avram Grant on red alert.
The 35-year-old has been playing big money football for Al-Gharrafa in Qatar but is now keen on a move back to Europe. Proof money can’t always buy happiness.
Villa will certainly be favourites to land the Brazilian veteran midfielder, given Houllier’s time managing the player at Lyon, but interest from West Ham could spark a potential bidding war.
Financial constraints at Upton Park will certainly dictate the extent to which either club may go, potentially leaving the Brazilian with two straight options.
Everyman and his dog would probably anticipate Juninho to join Villa, but lack of assured first team football may swing it for West Ham. Though, I’m sure the Brazilian wouldn’t want to finish off his career in the Championship and it would take a lot of persuading to make somebody think otherwise given the Hammers languish 5 points adrift at the foot of the table.
Which ever club he goes to though, I can see him having a positive impact, like that of an aged Juninho Paulista or Youri Djorkaeff. It would be an exciting prospect to see the Brazilian grace the prem and I sincerely hope he does.
I can’t wait for January.
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