West Ham's Wellington Paulista 'negotiating transfer'

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West Ham United striker Wellington Paulista is already making other plans after being snubbed so far by Sam Allardyce.

Wellington Paulista was signed by West Ham on loan in January, but has not played a single minute of first team football.

The striker has made 10 appearances for the Hammers' under-21 side, scoring five goals, but it's hardly what he would have had in mind when he agreed the move from Brazil.

With around one month left in England, it's clear the striker feels he has no future in East London.

How do we know this? Quite simple, it has been reported in his homeland that he is already negotiating his next move.

Wellington Paulista is currently contracted to Cruzeiro, where his present deal expires at the end of the Brazilian season, at the end of the 2013 calendar year.

The player has an offer from rival Brazilian side, Vasco da Gama, who want to sign him, impressed by the nine goals and three assists he racked up the previous campaign in the Campeonato.

The discussions are being reported by Brazilian news outlet Lancenet who insist the talks are still ongoing.

It has been proposed to cancel his West Ham loan and send him out on another loan to Vasco until the end of the year, but the player wants a longer permanent deal.

Whether cancelling his West Ham spell is even permittable is another matter, but you would imagine it will be written into the paperwork that he can be, in a similar way to how Nuri Sahin's season long loan deal to Liverpool from Real Madrid was cut short in January.

In any case, it isn't like the Hammers are using him, but if it proves complex to do so, then Vasco will have to wait until the end of the season.

With the parties still a little way off agreeing on a deal, it may well be a case of doing the deal once his West Ham loan has expired.

It is a shame that Sam Allardyce hasn't seen fit to at least hand him a chance off the bench to show what he can do, but given that he hasn't so far, you can hardly blame the striker for planning his next move.

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