West Ham are preparing a higher bid than Arsenal would have made for an up-and-coming Brazilian superstar, according to a report.
Last week, Arsenal have been claimed by sports witness making a move worth €20m (£16.7m) to sign Palmeiras midfielder Danilo. The 20-year-old is on an upward trajectory in his homeland, as evidenced by the whopping £86m release clause Palmeiras is said to have inserted into his contract.
The Gunners have been said to believe an offer well below that figure can get the job done with Danilo not yet finished.
Mikel Arteta is looking for immediate reinforcements in midfield with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny both at AFCON.
However, the latest from the Brazilian outlet Spear (via Sport Witness) has revealed that West Ham are now in the game.
They say the Hammers are now Danilo’s ‘main suitor’ after apparently ‘reaching out to those around him’.
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David Moyes’ side are said to be ‘ready’ to produce a bid which could reach up to €25m (£20.88m) in the end.
However, they – like the Gunners – may have to wait until the summer before reaching an agreement.
Indeed, Palmeiras are due to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup in February.
South American teams generally hold this tournament in higher regard than their European counterparts. As such, Palmeiras is extremely reluctant to sell Danilo before the start of the competition.
The simmering battle between West Ham and Arsenal could therefore be put on the back burner until the summer.
Nonetheless, Arsenal are unlikely to ride easily, with the report concluding that the Gunners could return with a further €5million in bonuses added to an updated offer if West Ham flex their muscles.
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Meanwhile, Newcastle United are leading Premier League interest in Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, with West Ham, according to a report.
Kamara’s contract with the French side is due to expire at the end of the season. As such, the race to sign him as a free agent is already heating up. He has been linked with a move to Italy in particular, where José Mourinho could take him in Rome.
But covering this angle, Corriere Dello Sport claim a move to England currently has more weight behind it. In this regard, the main suitors for the signing of Kamara are Newcastle and West Ham
Newcastle are pursuing his signing and hope Kamara can anchor his midfield from next season and beyond.
But the lure of potential European football at West Ham would also make it an inviting destination. In theory, he could replace Alex Kral if they don’t make his loan permanent. Alternatively, he could replace Declan Rice in the seemingly unlikely event that they sanction a huge sale.
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