Fabrizio Romano reports Real Betis defender Luiz Felipe could join Saudi Arabia for £21million after West Ham United held talks over a potential move to the Premier League.
If West Ham had broken off negotiations with Manchester United over Harry Maguire – The Telegraph B. reports that a new centre-back is no longer a priority in the last week of the window – then he can also put a big dent in the club’s alleged search for Luiz Felipe.
The Conference League champions completed the signing of Stuttgart’s Konstantinos Mavropanos last week. Edson Alvarez, the £35m Ajax signing, is also capable of thriving in central defence.
Therefore, Felipe will be wasting his time if he’s still on the phone waiting for an offer from West Ham.
West Ham will not sign Real Betis star Luiz Felipe right now
Estadio Deportivo reported about six weeks ago that Felipe’s camp had informed Real Betis about the defender’s desire to join the Hammers.
While the former Lazio star has been considered by Moyes, it seems unlikely he was anything more than a back-up target; West Ham prioritize Maguire before turning their attention to Mavropanos rather than Felipe.
And loud Fabrizio RomanoIf Felipe travels anywhere this summer, his destination will most likely be Saudi Arabia.
“Al Ittihad made a formal offer for Luiz Felipe after talks on Monday,” Romano wrote on the artist’s former Twitter account. “(Al Ittihad offers) 22 million euros fixed fee plus 3 million surcharges.
“(They) expect the deal to be finalized today with Betis and on the player side. Betis are already looking for a new centre-back as a possible replacement.”
As well as Mavropanos and Alvarez, the West Ham side, who have picked up seven points from a possible nine at the start of the new season, have also invested heavily in James Ward-Prowse and Mohammed Kudus.
A centre-forward – rather than a midfielder – now appears to be Moyes’ priority before the end of this week. West Ham have reportedly been turned down a £15.5million offer for Yuri Alberto by Corinthians.
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