West Ham United are now plotting a renewed bid for Sao Paulo midfielder Pablo Maia.
The Lowdown: West Ham target Maia
Having already completed the signing of one Sao Paulo youngster, with Luizao joining the club on a deal until 2026 at the weekend, West Ham now appear to be in for one of his teammates.
90min reported that exploratory talks had been held between the two clubs last week, and now the Hammers are taking their interest one step further, potentially looking at bringing Maia to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
The Latest: Renewed bid?
Relaying information from Brazilian journalist Andre Hernan, Sport Witness state that West Ham initially tried to sign the 20-year-old on a loan deal with an option to buy, however his current club refused to part with him on those terms.
Now, discussions are underway about making an offer to purchase the youngster in January, particularly because interest in him appears to be growing, with Southampton now emerging as rival suitors.
The Verdict: Make it happen
Not only are the Saints interested in the Brazilian, but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has detailed that he is ‘highly rated by Fulham and other European clubs’, while he has also been dubbed as being akin to a ‘mini-Casemiro’ by Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig.
With that in mind, the Irons should move quickly to secure his signature in January, particularly because of the sensational performances he has produced in a Sao Paulo shirt over the past year, positing an average pass completion rate of 89.6% per 90 minutes, placing him in the 96th percentile amongst players in his position.
Not only that, but the defensive-midfielder has displayed remarkable aerial prowess, despite only being 5 foot 10, winning an average of 1.58 aerials per 90, in the 86th percentile, while 1.58 blocks over the same timeframe ranks him in the 90th percentile.
This defensive prowess would be of great use to David Moyes, especially considering the uncertain future of Declan Rice, with Maia boasting the potential to be a fantastic long-term replacement for the England international.
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