It appears West Ham United are already building for the future if one of the latest transfer rumours is to be believed.
Journalist Gustavo Henrique Dando Choque, who works for FootballGlobono in Brazil, revealed on Twitter that the Hammers had agreed to a deal with Flamengo for midfielder Gustavo Cuellar worth around €28million (£24m) over three instalments, although nothing is yet signed.
O meia Cuéllar deve assinar contrato com o West Ham, em Julho, depois da Copa América. Está tudo acertado mas nada assinado até aqui. Jogador receberá 2 milhões de euros de luvas, e 28 milhões de euros serão pagos em 3 parcelas. O atleta fica até Dezembro no Fla.#futgloboradio
— Gustavo Henrique Dando Choque (@gustavodaglobo) May 14, 2019
He writes: “The half of Cuéllar must sign a contract with West Ham in July after the Copa América. It’s all settled but nothing signed up here. Player will receive 2 million euros of gloves, and 28 million euros will be paid in 3 installments. The athlete stays until December in the Fla.Twitter.” per the translation tool on
The 26-year-old is a holding midfielder who has been capped by Colombia a handful of times and could become another excellent South American addition to the side at the London Stadium outfit in the future.
However, what is really puzzling and something that does not make any sense is that the Premier League side may have to wait until the January transfer window to have him at the club.
Whilst the amount of money being asked for a player of Cuellar’s ability can also be questioned, surely West Ham should be looking to bring in a quality addition in the summer to help with their quest for European football.
Also, is a defensive midfielder also the type of player needed at the London Stadium this summer? With Mark Noble and Declan Rice likely to fill those roles for at least another season (with the likes of Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere also capable of doing a job in the middle), it would make more sense to try and go for an attack-minded player.
There is no doubt that Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Husillos will know the South American market rather well, however, surely there is a deal that makes more sense than the one for Cuellar, especially with the alleged possibility that this one will not be completed until the end of 2019.
West Ham fans, does this alleged deal make any sense to you? Let us know your thoughts below!