Romano Provides Update On THREE Other West Ham Targets As Club Close In On £25.5M Transfer

West Ham are currently focused on securing the signature of Palmeiras winger Luis Guilherme for €30m (£25.5m), according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The likes of Atletico Madrid’s Samu Omorodion, Ludogorets’ Rwan Cruz and Braga’s Simon Banza have also been linked with moves to the London Stadium over the last week. However, writing in his Daily Briefing column, Romano said not one of those three transfers is close to being finalised:

“There have been many other names mentioned in the media – Samu Omorodion, Rwan Cruz, Simon Banza – and we will see many links, but they’re not something really close now.”

Reports in Spain had suggested that there was an agreement in place with Atletico to sign Omorodion for €30m (£25.5m) while there have been reports of a €9m (£7.7m) offer for Cruz.

Neither deal appears to be on the cards at the moment, while an approach for Banza also seems to be a way off, despite claims coming out from Portugal that the Hammers are keen on snapping up the forward.

What’s the latest on the Guilherme deal?

It is believed that there is an agreement in principle with Palmeiras for the Brazilian youth international but a contract still has to be signed and a medical will need to take place.

Other Premier League teams, including Liverpool and Chelsea, have been linked with Guilherme but it looks like a one-horse race for the player’s signature currently.

Who else could West Ham sign?

If we believe what Romano says, Omorodion, Cruz and Banza are not top targets for the Irons but they are said to be in negotiations to sign Alexis Garcia from Girona.

However, the former Manchester City player also has an offer from Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen so there is still some uncertainty as to which team he will join.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.