In Focus: Pires would be a good signing for West Ham

According to AS, West Ham United are contemplating a January transfer for Leganes’ star midfielder, Gabriel Pires.

The 24-year-old signed with the Madrid club from Juventus in the summer of 2016, and he’s quickly established himself as an integral figure in their midfield.

What’s the story?

The Brazilian playmaker has made 14 appearances in La Liga this season, contributing to four goals, by scoring three and providing one assist for Leganes.

It is believed that David Moyes is eager to establish his identity at West Ham, and Gabriel Pires has been sighted as one target to augment the standard of his midfield.

In accordance with AS’ report, there are two proposals that West Ham are willing to make. The first of which would be to complete a permanent deal for the playmaker for a fee of £4.8m.

Secondly, the Irons are reportedly ready to take the 24-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season, paying an initial fee of £1.5m, then giving £8m at the end of the loan to sign the midfielder on a permanent deal.

Is he worth it?

While West Ham supporters might have hoped for more significant goal contribution in La Liga this term, there’s no disputing Pires’ significance to Leganes.  Pires has scored 15 goals since making his debut for the Spanish club in 2015, and he was incredibly valuable as he assisted his team to promotion to La Liga in the 15/16 season.

One of his foremost qualities is his versatility. Pires has operated as a defensive midfielder, a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder and even as a forward for Leganes this term.

He’s highly regarded for his refined tackling ability, in addition to his proficiency from dead-ball situations. At the age of 24, his potential is vast, and he would undoubtedly strengthen Moyes’ team.