He may be 33 years old, but the former Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco player should still have plenty to offer Sam Allardyce’s side, and could have a similar impact to that of one of Big Sam’s past signings, Jay-Jay Okocha.
The Nigerian signed for Bolton Wanderers when he was 29, and would go on to play 124 times for the Lancashire club, often providing that special moment or magic touch that helped Bolton succeed. His ability helped the Trotters qualify for the UEFA Cup.
Nene’s career took him around the houses a little after moving to Europe from Brazil. Spells at Mallorca, Alavés and Celta Vigo came before he moved for his first spell at Monaco, then a loan spell at Espanyol seemed to spark him into life.
In 2009, playing mostly in midfield, the little magician would score 14 times in Ligue 1, the majority coming from his wonderful left-foot.
His impressive displays led to a move to PSG in 2010 and the Brazilian didn’t look back. In two full seasons, Nene would score 35 goals for the Parisians, playing 70 out of 76 games.
It is hard to nail down exactly where Nene’s strengths lie. He’s not the tallest, he’s not the quickest, but he always found a way to score goals.
Quick feet, and even quicker mind, his ability to create chances with his left foot was only bettered by his dangerous set-pieces. No matter his age, that won’t take away his incredible technique.
Nene has the potential to bring West Ham that little touch of guile and class that they have sometimes missed this season. The club are still in touch for a run at the European places and it might just take that extra 2% that Nene could bring to lift the London club up into the top six.