Hammers eye potentially free forward

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 14th November 2018

West Ham United are one of five clubs said to be preparing to enter the race to sign Algerian international Yacine Brahimi.

The 28-year-old forward is out of contract with Porto at the end of the current season and is said to be unlikely to extend his stay in Portugal - which has alerted a string of clubs across Europe.

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And in addition to West Ham having expressed an interest, Lazio, Everton, Newcastle Utd and Marseille of Ligue 1 are also understood to be investigating the possibility of launching a bid to sign Brahimi.

However rather than lose the player for nothing, Porto are said to be open to a January sale in order to recoup some funds for the player, who joined his current club from Grenada for EUR6.5 million back in 2014.

Brahimi enjoyed a great start to the current campaign scoring twice in Porto's opening three games, but he has failed to hit the target since August. Last season he scored 12 goals in 44 appearances.

West Ham were first linked with a move for Brahimi in the summer of 2016, but were deterred by the player's ?60million release clause. Further interest followed last summer but went no further.

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