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Pea Hammer 7:04 Wed Jan 30
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West Ham sign Portuguese forward Mesaque Dju



West Ham United are pleased to confirm the signing of Portugal U20 international forward Mesaque Dju.

The 19-year-old joins the Hammers from Portuguese club Benfica on a three-and-a-half-year contract on a free transfer and will begin life in Claret and Blue as a member of Liam Manning and Steve Potts’ U23 squad.

The teenager is looking forward to continuing his footballing education at the Academy of Football.

“I know a lot about West Ham because it is a very big club in England and helps young players get to the first team,” he said. “I want this and I'm working for this.”

Academy Director Terry Westley confirmed Dju is a player West Ham have been scouting for a considerable period of time and the Club is delighted to have secured his services.

“We had seen Mesaque play for Portugal and win the U17 and U19 European Championship titles,” Westley explained. “He was an attacking player who was always highlighted when you watched him in those games.

“We always said that, should he become available, he would be of interest to us and due to our extensive networking and recruitment department, we found out that the opportunity had arisen to sign the player, so we stepped in quickly and secured his signature.

“Mesaque is a wide player who is different to the current young wide players we have in Grady Diangana, Nathan Holland, Martin Samuelsen and Dan Kemp, who are what you would class as a dribblers. He is a dynamic player with great pace and power, a little bit like Michail Antonio.

“He is six-foot plus, two-footed, strong and can deliver with quality from the left or the right, and could even develop in to a number nine with his attributes, which we believe could make him a Premier League player.”

Born in Guinea-Bissau, Dju moved to Portugal as a boy, joining Lisbon giants Benfica at the age of eleven in 2010. There, he was part of the squad which reached the 2017 UEFA Youth League final and were crowned Portuguese national U19 league champions for 2017/18.

Dju’s outstanding talents have also been recognised regularly at international level, with the teenager being capped by Portugal at every age group from U16 to U20, with huge success.

In 2016, he appeared in all six matches, starting five including all three knockout matches, as Portugal were crowned UEFA European U-17 Championship winners.

The following year, 2017, he was named in the UEFA European U-19 Championship Team of the Tournament as Portugal finished as runners-up to England. Last summer, he was again part of Portugal’s U19 squad as they defeated Italy to become champions of Europe.

Now a regular at U20 level, Dju will almost certainly appear at this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

He joins another promising Portuguese talent in east London in 21-year-old forward Xande Silva, who made his first-team debut in the Premier League at Burnley in December.

West Ham United would like to welcome Mesaque and his family to the Club and wish him every success for his career in Claret and Blue.

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HAMMERAMA 12:42 Sun Feb 3
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Kemp is a very good technical player,I think he is not so brave and gunho as he was before his injury. As much as I like him as a player I don't think he will make premiership standard but then the same could be said about Stanislas a very similar player at this age. The next year will be critical for him . The clubs policy seems once a player gets passed 21 they go out on loan and in the last 3 years they do not get back into the Prmiership squad. It will be interesting to see if any of the current loanees 10 at the last count will get anywhere neat playing in a Prmiership game for West Ham.

sanfrancis-co-uk 11:26 Sat Feb 2
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Never been an easier West Ham Player chant!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIoHSu5v1Mo

gregan 12:09 Sat Feb 2
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Kemp had a fairly long term injury not that long ago. Back now and playing U23s. He’s very small but good technically. Not particularly quick. Lefty. Let’s hope he is the next David Silva. I’d expect him and Holland to go out on loan soon ish.

eusebiovic 1:33 Sat Feb 2
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
tnb

Habsanakovic didn't get a look in at Malaga in the Spanish second division...in a defensive team struggling to create chances...he has now gone back to Sweden on loan for the second half of the season

tnb 1:40 Fri Feb 1
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
No mention of Haksabanovic I see. Thought he looked decent in that cup game (Bolton?), but seems be may not be in the plans.

Kemp is one of those names you see now and then as if he has promise but he's not been in and around the first team squad at all, has he? Unlike the others mentioned. Has anyone seen him? Any good? Any chance?

Steven P 6:09 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
McCallum

Takashi Miike 6:00 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
next level window

eusebiovic 5:55 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Whatever happened to Paul McCullum?

Northern Sold 11:45 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
The photo was meant to be one of him doing the Hammers X factor pose... unfortunately Arnie now has a copywrite on it... so Mesackof shit has done a spazzy photo of trying to wear a 2nd shirt... instead

Russ of the BML 11:39 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
It is understandable why us fans seem so apathetic to this type of transfer. Rarely do we ever see one of these signings make it to the first team and go on to be a good player for us.

Nevertheless, it is very important that the club maintains a scouting network on young European players and keeps bringing in players like this.

So I suppose they are bit in between a rock and hard place as if they didn't scout Europe and get young players then we would criticise them but then they do we receive it with apathy.

I suppose all there is to say is "Best of Luck" to the kid.

ray winstone 11:15 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Two footed and a good crosser, I doubt if he’ll get a game.....

https://youtu.be/kwNRaqCZyk8

Jaan Kenbrovin 11:03 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Looks a right spazwad in that photo

Dr Moose 10:45 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Lets hope this one doesn't end up languishing in the under 23s for a few seasons.

stewie griffin 10:20 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
*a

boltkunt 10:19 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
On the West Ham facebook page, some twonk has even referenced his profile on football manager being an "prospect".

Sydney_Iron 6:53 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Great, another "Wonder" kid, surprised that hasn't been used in his unveiling.....

Good luck to him, maybe one day we will strike gold with one of these type of signings but i want hold me breath waiting!.

DiCaniosLefty 6:37 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Alfs 3:21 Thu Jan 31

Welcome Mesaque! Ignore these wankers.

Alfs 3:21 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
He could be reading your moronic comments, as in his excitement of joining a great club, browses the WH boards. How about giving the kid a chance before acting like total cunts?

Cheezey Bell-End 1:20 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
The new Frank Nouble.,

Sir Alf 12:12 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
*** shin ***

Sir Alf 12:11 Thu Jan 31
Re: Mesaque Dju Signs (The next Michael Antonio)
Well he must have shown he cannot control a ball if hes the next Antonio. The ability to let it rebound off your is a rare thing :-(

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