To West Ham fans he will be known as Carlos Tevez MK2.
The Hammers are hot on the heels of the 18-year-old and will be hoping to persuade the youngster to cross the Atlantic if the right price can be found. The East Londoners have already had a £12m bid rejected by Neymar’s Brazilian masters who have since asked West Ham to double it. The existing transfer record at Upton Park will therefore have to be obliterated if they are to get anywhere near too triggering the striker’s £28.5m release clause.
To complicate matters further, strict rules enforced in the wake of the Tevez debacle will require West Ham to also buy out the 40% share in Neymar held by an unnamed investment company.
And, as is so often the case, West Ham will have to compete with the big boys in order to get their man with both Chelsea and Real Madrid rumoured to be making their own discreet enquiries. More worryingly for Hammers’ fans, it seems that Man. City secured first option of Neymar when they allowed Robinho to join Santos on loan.
That’s that one blown out of the water then.
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