Why West Ham new boy Nene's no Nani

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West Ham's short-term capture of the Brazilian winger is far from a panic signing after injury of Andy Carroll - he is another upgrade to an improving squad.

Football Manager enthusiasts will have been harping on about Nenê's availability on a free transfer since the game's release in November - finally, someone, West Ham, have signed him.

From a distance, it'd be easy to dismiss the capture as a panic purchase.

And the evidence to that end is compelling - big-name striker, Andy Carroll, is ruled out for the rest of the season; a 33-year-old is brought in; a player who had been without a club for a month; and has only been handed a deal until May.

Yep, it reeks of short-termism. 

But, actually, providing his fitness is right, Nenê could be a live-wire acquisition. His track-record, certainly, points to plenty of promise for Hammers fans.

During his time in France, he became something of an icon at PSG, top scoring in the 2011-12 season as the club finished runners-up in the first term of Qatar Sports Investments' ownership.

His performances over the course of that campaign were enough to see him short-listed for Ligue 1's Player of the Year award - alongside Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Chelsea's Eden Hazard, the eventual winner.

Given that pedigree, it's little surprise that he's joined the duo in London.

Such was Nenê's popularity, he appeared on the FIFA 13 cover art in France, alongside Karim Benzema and Lionel Messi.

However, after the arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, Nenê's departure from the Parc des Princes was inevitable, and the winger attracted attention from the likes of AC Milan and Schalke, despite helping PSG to the French title in 2013.

That he opted for a switch to Al-Gharafa in Qatar sounds like a pursuit of one last pay-day, but he did finish as the club's top scorer.

The direct nature of his running, and a keen eye for goal, should make him a handy threat off the bench on either flank or through the middle - plus he's had comparisons to David Beckham for his crossing ability and free-kick accuracy.

But that's if Sam Allardyce is prepared to play him.

Reportedly, Nenê is co-chairman David Sullivan's signing. And we all know how well that worked out for the last man favoured by Sullivan rather than Allardyce - Mauro Zarate offloaded to QPR in January after just seven appearances.

Nenê, though, should have enough to win over his sceptical boss - and the rest of the Premier League.

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