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West Ham: Hammers working on deal for Goncalo Cardoso

West Ham: Hammers working on deal for Goncalo Cardoso

West Ham are moving quickly to complete the signing of central defender Goncalo Cardoso, as reported by Football Insider, via ExWHUEmployee.

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The 18-year-old is set to fly to London for a medical and put the final touches on a deal which will see him sign for £3m.

The two clubs have agreed upon a transfer fee and there isn’t expected to be any issues surrounding personal terms.

Cardoso made 15 league starts for Boavista last season, making one assist throughout the campaign, as per WhoScored.

He made 0.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 4.1 clearances and 0.7 blocks per game, though he did average 1.6 fouls, accumulating four yellow cards and one red during the campaign.

It is his international form which is said to have caught the eye of West Ham scouts, as he has impressed at U19 level for Portugal, having played there 11 times, scoring three times, as per Transfermarkt.

Blocking the ball is cited as a strength of his on Whoscored, while passing, concentration, discipline and tackling are noted as weaknesses. Of course, he’s only 18-years-old so he still has plenty of time to develop, so the long list of supposed weaknesses shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

West Ham need another defender, so it is encouraging to see one being signed, though it is uncertain whether too much can be expected from the teenager at first.

Averaging 0.9 per game last season, he pales in comparison to Issa Diop (2.1) and Fabian Balbuena (1.7) when it comes to tackling, showing he may need some time before he can get up to the level West Ham require.

Can the Hammers afford to wait, though? Probably not considering Manuel Pellegrini’s defensive worries, as reported by Football Insider, so it is hard to see how this potential signing would instantly address the Chileans’ concerns.

West Ham fans, can Cardoso come in and make an impact now? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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