Nene, 33, a free agent after leaving Qatar side Al-Gharafa in January, is a good acquisition for Sam Allardyce as it was confirmed earlier this week that record signing Andy Carroll will be on the sidelines for the rest of the season after suffering a knee-ligament injury in the goalless draw against Southampton.
Before Nene moved to the Middle East Nene he had been at Ligue 1 side PSG. The forward’s record at the French champions was one to be proud of, scoring 36 goals in 79 games even though he predominately played in the number 10 role behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Nene’s form did not go unnoticed by clubs around Europe with AC Milan and Schalke 04 with them vying for his signature after he announced his intentions to leave PSG after three years with The Parisians in search of regular first team football.
In January 2013, Nene signed with Qatari club Al-Gharafa with many people wondering where the Brazilian had got too after catching the eye of many spectators including myself, his impressive record carried on as he scored 20 times in 43 appearances.
Some people would say that the Hammers do not need another forward in their team with Carlton Cole and summer signings Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia as his options in attack, but co-chairman David Sullivan confirmed that the Hammers were on the market searching for free agents they could snap up.
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I think that this would be great business from big Sam if he can gain the services of the much-travelled 33-year-old, his record speaks for itself and he and Allardyce will be hoping that his excellent record can continue in England.The Brazilian will most likely be a short-term solution to the injury suffered by Carroll unless he hits the ground running then I’m sure the Hammers would be delighted to keep him beyond the end of the season.
The Hammers would be looking for someone who is available sooner rather later and Nene fits the bill after only recently ending his spell in the Middle East last month, so it should not require too much time for him to be match fit.