Luis Boa Morte Will Be Sold to Hull City: Hammers Agree to Fee

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IJanuary 13, 2009


On Tuesday, Hull City Manager Phil Brown announced that the club had agreed to a fee with West Ham United for Portugal International Luis Boa Morte.

Boa Morte joined West Ham two years ago in January 2007 for £5 million, but he has not contributed anywhere near that value to the team. In 56 Premier League matches with the Hammers he has scored just one goal to go with seven assists. This season he started only four Premier League matches, coming off the bench for an additional 11.

The move fits in with manager Gianfranco Zola's plan to sell off "fringe" players while keeping together the core of the team. This should help alleviate some of the financial concerns facing the club and its Icelandic owners who are in financial trouble. 

Boa Morte has not contributed much at all, so in my opinion, getting any sum of money for him is an excellent move for the Hammers. 

The move should open up more playing time for Freddie Sears off the bench, as well as clear a spot for Dean Ashton—if and when he ever returns from injury. 

Seeing Boa Morte take the pitch for the Hammers has been a painful experience lately, so I am glad to see him go.