Neymar in Talks with West Ham United

2 07 2010

According to Sky Sports, highly rated youngster Neymar is in talks with a move to West Ham United. Neymar’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, revealed that Santos have rejected a bid, thought to be £12million, earlier this week but West Ham are keen to go back to the table with a fresh bid.

A deal still appears to be some way off but Ribeiro confirmed he had been in talks with the East London club.

“I had a long talk with the leaders of West Ham via a video conference,” explained Ribeiro to Terra Brasil.

“My obligation as agent is to pass on the information to the player’s family.

“The negotiation with Santos is another case [for West Ham], and that is not for me.”

Santos are believed to be looking for a fee of £20million if they are to sell despite the youngster having a £28.5million release clause in his contract.

Sources close to the Brazilian outfit believe that Chelsea are behind the deal with Neymar spending 12 months at West Ham before moving across London to ply his trade with Chelsea.

It would not be the first time that Chelsea and Santos have struck up this type of deal with Chelsea previously buying centre-back Alex from the Brazilian side. Alex was subsequently loaned to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for three seasons which then enabled him to play in England.

Mark Jepson

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