West Ham United is actively pursuing the signing of Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha as they seek to bolster their squad for the upcoming season. With Declan Rice expressing his desire to move to a Champions League club, West Ham sees Palhinha as the ideal candidate to fill the void left by their star player in the midfield.
Palhinha, a Portuguese defensive midfielder, joined Fulham in July 2022, signing a lucrative five-year contract for a transfer fee of £20 million. During his debut season in the Premier League, he made a significant impact, demonstrating his abilities and adaptability in the English top flight.
According to reports, Palhinha’s current market value is estimated at 35 million euros, reflecting his strong performances for Fulham. In 40 appearances, he has scored four goals, showcasing not only his defensive prowess but also his contributions in the attacking third.
While West Ham is prepared to let Rice leave, they will only consider a record-breaking transfer fee for the England international. Once Rice’s departure is confirmed, the Hammers will turn their attention to potential replacements in the midfield, with Palhinha and Kalvin Phillips being considered as viable options.
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The prospect of competing in the Europa League next season further enhances West Ham’s appeal as they look to attract quality players to the club. Participation in European competition provides an added incentive for potential signings, as it offers an opportunity to showcase their talents on a broader stage.
As the summer transfer window draws closer, fans eagerly await updates on West Ham’s pursuit of Joao Palhinha. The midfielder’s defensive abilities, composure on the ball, and Premier League experience make him a valuable target for the Hammers as they aim to strengthen their squad and continue their upward trajectory in the league.
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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.