Portugal Return For Cardoso

Since David Moyes returned to West Ham United in December 2020, it would be fair to say that the closure of the transfer windows under the Scotsman’s stewardship have been very quiet affairs. This again proved to be the case on Thursday with a solitary departure being confirmed before the summer window closed at 11pm.

The Hammers have allowed youngster Gonçalo Cardoso to join Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit CS Marítimo on a permanent basis.

21-year-old Cardoso was signed by Manuel Pellegrini in the summer of 2019 but never featured for the Chilean. Instead, he spent most of his time in East London playing for the Development Squad.

The defender was involved in a couple of Moyes’ initial matchday squads when he was short of options.

As regular minutes were limited in Stratford, the player was loaned out on two separate occasions to both Swiss Super League club FC Basel, as well as a spell in Spain with La Liga outfit Real Betis. However, he has now ended his time with the Irons and heads back to his homeland after three years away.