How much! Upton Park side ready to break the bank for teenager?
West Ham have made a £16million offer for Santos wonderkid Neymar.
It emerged this week that the Hammers had joined some of Europe’s top clubs in tracking the 18-year-old forward and sources in Brazil say they have now submitted a formal bid.
Neymar is keen to eventually test himself in Europe but his father – who also acts has his agent – has reservations about making the move too soon in his career.
The Hammers’ stature could also prove unattractive to a player being scouted by the likes of Real Madrid, but a move to Upton Park has the potential to be a stepping stone to Chelsea.
The Blues have tracked Neymar for about two years but have been reluctant to meet the asking price.
Santos have consistently insisted they do not want to sell their jewel for at least another year and have previously indicated they will not do a deal for less than his £28.4m release clause.
However, if they do accept West Ham’s offer – surpassing the club-record £7.5m they paid for Craig Bellamy in 2007 – the same deal would be offered to Manchester City.
The Eastlands club secured first refusals on Neymar and 20-year-old team-mate Paulo Henrique Ganso when they allowed Robinho to join Santos on a six-month loan in the winter. (Daily Mail)
Whilst there is no denying that 18 year old Neymar is a hot prospect one gets the impression that the transfer fee quoted is a more than a tad over inflated and you have to wonder the sense in the east London side spending such a huge sum whilst simultaneously worrying whether Avram Grant has moved from one club who spent far too much in pursuit of success, at Portsmouth, to another.
David Gold and David Sullivan are keen to turn the Hammers around and will be looking to reverse the nightmare of last season’s relegation battle in the hope of a finish nearer the top half of the table but making a move for such a large fee could end up biting the club in the back side.
We are talking about a player who only played his first full professional match less than 18 months ago and yet for some reason he is valued at £16m? Maybe the Daily Mail have plucked this valuation out of thin air of the player’s agent, his dad, is trying his best to milk his son’s talents as early as possible, which of course is the sign of great parenting.
I will be mighty surprised if this deal goes ahead and even more shocked if the fee paid is even half that stated.