West Ham United are closing in on a loan deal for Santos star Neymar. The Daily Mail says West Ham are closing in on deal to sign Brazilian wonderkid Neymar on a season-long loan.

The 18-year-old Santos forward would then join Chelsea in a year's time.

The Brazilian side are weighing up whether to accept a £16million bid for their prize asset, who has also been tracked by Real Madrid.

Manchester City negotiated first refusal on Neymar and his 20-year-old team-mate Paulo Henrique Ganso when they agreed to let Robinho join Santos on loan and they will be offered the chance to match any offer they accept.

Skilful Neymar, who has scored 27 goals in 30 games this year, is 40 per cent owned by an investment group who must also agree on the fee. They only way to guarantee his outright signing is to meet his £28.4m release clause.

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