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West Ham: Moyes could land Raphinha 2.0 with Adnan Januzaj swoop

West Ham have not had the best start to their Premier League campaign, losing their opening two matches against Manchester City and Nottingham Forest respectively.

However, at least a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Viborg in their Europa Conference League qualifier on Thursday will have given David Moyes’ men a confidence boost heading into Sunday’s clash against Brighton and Hove Albion.

It’s clear that Moyes needs to add a few more faces in order to bolster both the quality and depth of his squad ahead of yet another gruelling campaign, and that is despite the arrivals of Gianluca Scamacca, Thilo Kehrer, Nayef Aguerd, Maxwel Cornet and Flynn Downes.

With this in mind, the 59-year-old could face a reunion with a player who he managed during his stint at Manchester United.

A report from Diario AS states that West Ham are keen on bringing Adnan Januzaj to the London Stadium on a free transfer following the expiry of his Real Sociedad contract in June.

Moyes gave the Belgian his debut at Manchester United back in 2013 and he was one of the few bright sparks in a tumultuous season following the departure of club legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

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West Ham face competition from Everton and LA Galaxy, but Moyes will be hoping that his previous connection with the player, who cost Real Sociedad £9.7m  to sign him in 2017, will be key in any potential move to east London.

If the Belgium international does arrive at Stratford, he could well be Moyes’ very own Raphinha, with the two being deemed stylistically alike via FBRef’s similar player model.

Both players offer significant goalscoring threats, although the Brazilian netted almost four times as often as Januzaj last season (11 to three). They both averaged over three shot-creating actions per match (3.67 to 3.66), which shows that Januzaj has the ability to create opportunities despite his lower goalscoring rate.

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Both of them also offered a threat from wide positions, with a combined total of 148 crosses over the duration of the campaign. If the Belgian replicates this with a move to the Premier League, West Ham summer signing Gianluca Scamacca might be able to improve on his three headed goals from last term.

Paul Scholes once described Januzaj as “brilliant”, and if the Hammers could secure the 27-year-old’s signature and he turns out to be half as good as what Raphinha was last season, then Moyes might have made yet another shrewd move in the transfer market.

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