By Noel Whelan

28th Jan, 2020 | 10:00am

Exclusive: Whelan in awe as Athletic report West Ham swooping for 21yo who fits Moyes bill

Noel Whelan has urged West Ham to make a move for Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira and claimed he is exactly the kind of player that the Hammers need to sign. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United forward suggested that the 21-year-old could be an ideal fit for David Moyes’ Hammers.

The Athletic reported on Monday that the Irons are considering a swoop for the England youth international, who currently plies his trade in Serie A.

The starlet made the move to Italy from Leeds in 2018, and Whelan has even quick to emphasise just how talented he is.

“He’s very good, he’s a very good player,” he told Football Insider.

“Leeds, I think they made a mistake getting rid of him, quite honestly.

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“Very young, great energy, very tenacious in that midfield, good passer of the ball, very calm and collected, and probably got the right attitude that Moyes would want in a player as well.

“They need some kind of physicality in there, and that’s exactly what Vieira brings. That wouldn’t surprise me if West Ham are going in for a player like Ronaldo.”

Both Moyes and West Ham co-owner David Sullivan are said to be “strong admirers” of the youngster, and are understood to be deliberating over whether to make a late bid for him in the current transfer window or revisit their pursuit in the summer.

Vieira has shone since moving to Sampdoria, and has been a regular in the heart of the Italians’ midfield this season, making 21 appearances in all competitions. 

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