Guilherme Siqueira

Guilherme Siqueira

The fact that summer left-back signing Razvan Rat was released by West Ham in the January window before bringing in Napoli’s Pablo Almero on loan tells all about the East London side’s rather precarious situation at No.3.

Heading into the summer, securing the services of a new left-back will undoubtedly be one of Sam Allardyce’s leading priorities, and according to the tabloids, one of the more coveted names on the Hammers’ gaffer’s shortlist is Granada’s Guilherme Siqueira.

The Brazilian defender is famed for his goalscoring prowess, having racked up twelve goals in 138 La Liga outings for Nazaries, including a lobbed penalty against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Last summer, the 27 year-old was hotly mooted with a Premier League switch, with Everton lining him up as a like-for-like successor to Leighton Baines, giving you some idea of Siqueira’s forward-thinking, free-roaming style.

He joined Benfica on a season-long loan instead, despite reported interest from Real Madrid also. Siqueira’s deal included a future fee clause of €7million, but having featured just 17 times in the Primeira Liga this term as Aguias claim pole position in the Portuguese table, a permanent switch is looking increasingly unlikely.

That would allow the Hammers a fantastic opportunity to weigh in, securing the services of a creative left-back who can claim to be Europa League standard.

But with Fabio Coentrao expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer, West Ham’s keenness could be eclipsed by Real Madrid if they reignite their interest in the Brazilian.