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Sao Paulo did not receive any bids from Premier League duo Fulham and West Ham United for talented centre-half Luizao, president Julio Casares tells Globo Esporte. 

Luizao, as things stand, will be a free agent by the time the final note plays in Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny. 

So are Sao Paulo at risk of losing another talented, homegrown up-and-comer? For free, no less? A West Ham side who brought in Brazil international Lucas Paqueta for £51 million while targeting Flamengo starlet Lazaro also have Luizao on their radar; a distinctly Samba flavour to their recruitment plans (IG). 

Fulham are interested too. Porto and Benfica, two clubs with a proud tradition of signing South America’s next big things, are also keeping tabs on Luizao’s development at the Morumbi. 

But Sao Paulo fans can rest a little easier for the time being; even if the Portuguese window still has three weeks to run. 

Fulham and West Ham United linked with Luizao

“(There is) no offer,” Casares says when discussing those links with Fulham and West Ham.

“From Fulham, I’m sure there isn’t (an offer). The rumours are sometimes speculation that comes from an agent, for example. I didn’t receive anything. Nobody received anything.” 

Fortunately for Casares, Luizao appears to have his heart set on signing a contract extension. You certainly can’t say the same of Igor Gomes, however. The so-called ‘new Kaka’ could join Nottingham Forest in January after deciding against extending his stay at one of Brazil’s most historic footballing institutions. 

West Ham, meanwhile, certainly look well set at the back ahead of a gruelling couple of months; even if reported interest in the likes of Jan Bednarek and Duje Caleta-Car came to nothing. Nayef Aguerd is on his way back from injury. Thilo Kehrer and the oft-imperious Kurt Zouma appear to be forming a promising partnership. 

And Craig Dawson, the cult hero 32-year-old, is also sticking around. A deadline day move to Wolverhampton Wanderers fell through. 

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