Virals: West Ham starlet Goncalo Cardoso set for loan switch to Real Betis
West Ham youngster Goncalo Cardoso is reportedly set to join Real Betis on loan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old has spent the first half of the campaign at Swiss Super League side FC Basel but has recently fallen down the pecking order.
Despite injuries decimating David Moyes’ first-team squad in recent weeks, there has been no talk of Cardoso returning to East London.
Instead, according to a report from Diario Record, as cited on Twitter, the young centre-back could be on the way to join Manuel Pellegrini’s UEFA Champions League chasers.
Inglaterra – Português Gonçalo Cardoso emprestado pelo West Ham ao Betis até final da época https://t.co/iwRa8bs04r
— Diário Record (@Record_Portugal) January 19, 2022
The report claims that the loan deal includes an option to buy the five-cap Portugal Under 20 starlet.
This season Cardoso has made three appearances across all competitions whilst in Switzerland.
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Valued at just £450,000 (Transfermarkt), it seems unlikely that the Portuguese youngster will fetch a big fee for the Hammers.
However, at 21 and without a senior opportunity in three years as an Iron, it also seems unlikely that there is much of a future at the London Stadium for Cardoso.
Cashing in now and perhaps putting funds towards much-needed additions would be the best outcome for all parties.