West Ham United is eager to secure the services of Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha during the upcoming summer transfer window.
With Declan Rice expressing his desire to join a Champions League club, the Hammers view Palhinha as the perfect candidate to fill the void left by their star player.
In July 2022, Palhinha inked a lucrative five-year contract with Fulham, sealing his move to the Premier League for a fee of £20 million. The Portuguese defensive midfielder had an impressive debut season with the Cottagers, showcasing his abilities in the English top flight.
According to reports from The Mail, West Ham is prepared to let Rice depart, but only if a record-breaking transfer fee is offered for his services. Once Rice’s departure is confirmed, the Hammers will shift their attention towards either Palhinha or Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips as potential replacements in the midfield.
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The prospect of competing in the Europa League next season adds an additional allure for West Ham, as their participation in European competition is expected to enhance their appeal and ability to attract quality players to the club.
As the summer transfer window approaches, football enthusiasts eagerly await further developments regarding West Ham’s pursuit of Joao Palhinha. The midfielder’s defensive prowess, composure on the ball, and Premier League experience make him an enticing prospect for the Hammers as they aim to strengthen their squad for the upcoming campaign.
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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.