A month ago, a giant of Greek football pulled off one of the most memorable results of their recent history. Youssef El-Arabi might have been the hero of North London as Olympiakos stunned Arsenal on their own turf but, at the other end of the pitch, the influence of Jose Sa did not go unnoticed.
The 27-year-old shot-stopper has kept a remarkable 24 clean sheets in all competitions this season and, during his most recent trip to England, offered a timely reminder of his superb reflexes and impressive handling to put himself in the shop window.
West Ham are keen on a player they have been linked with for some time, according to reports in Spain, with David Moyes’ side likely to face competition from La Liga outfit Real Betis. The two clubs will also go head-to-head, it seems, for River Plate’s rampaging right-back Gonzalo Montiel.
Interestingly, Sa was tipped to make a move to the London Stadium back in the autumn too when Mario Husillos, the much-maligned director of football, was still calling the shots (SDNA). It seems that, even after Husillos’ high-profile departure, the former Porto stopper has admirers in the English capital.
Sa is not the first new goalkeeper to be linked with West Ham recently, reports in Turkey suggest Loris Karius is a target too, so questions may soon be asked about what this means for the 34-year-old Lukasz Fabianski.
SDNA adds that Sa has an affordable £13 million release clause in his contract.
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