The defensive department of the West Ham squad needs quality additions.
As per British media, West Ham are in advanced talks to bring Lyon centre-back Marcelo
The 33-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Lyon spent 7 million euros to sign the Brazil international from Beşiktaş in the summer of 2017. The 33-year-old has a valid contract with Lyon until June 2021.
The centre-back has featured in 13 matches for Lyon this term . He still has a lot to offer at the top level.
The centre-back’s contract at Lyon is about to expire in six months and a number of clubs are said to be monitoring his situation, with West Ham showing the most concrete interest in an attempt to lure the player to their team.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including West Ham.
David Moyes wants to sign a new centre-back and Marcelo is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
Marcelo is a long-term target of West Ham and could be a decent addition for Moyes’ side.
He has been a good servant for Lyon, and is a centre-back who places himself in the right positions in defensive situations. Marcelo has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “West Ham can sign Lyon defender Marcelo on a free transfer next summer. The 33-year-old desperately wanted to join the Hammers earlier this year. And both parties are keen to reignite negotiations, with Marcelo’s contract set to expire next year.”
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A club with West Ham’s resources should be able to afford him easily.
Marcelo ideal fit for West Ham?
Signing the centre-back could be a good decision as he could improve David Moyes’ defensive options.
The 33-year-old is a good centre-back, and on a free transfer, he would be fantastic signing for West Ham.
All in all, Marcelo will be an ideal choice for David Moyes as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what he demands from his defenders.
It will be interesting to see where the player ends up next summer.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.