West Ham are reportedly lining up a move for FC Porto star Yacine Brahimi, and if the Hammers can pull this one off they may finally have the attacking depth to pursue a Europa League place.
According to A Bola (via Sport Witness), West Ham, Everton and Newcastle are all rivalling AC Milan for Brahimi’s signature.
The Algerian international winger will be out of contract this summer, and has shown no signs of signing a new deal with Porto.
At 28, the wing wizard still has plenty of time left to improve and grow, and a move to West Ham would give Manuel Pellegrini countless talented attacking options.
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Well, the Hammers were very active last summer, most notably signing Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko to boost the attack, but an injury to the latter offered a stark reminder of how poor the depth in the squad is.
With Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio both fading in and out of form, Pellegrini needs a reliable option who will thrive on the opposite flank to Anderson, and Brahimi could be exactly that.
Brahimi has scored 50 times and added 40 assists in 197 appearances for Porto. With Manuel Lanzini due to return too, adding the 45-cap Algerian for free would complete the Hammers’ attack, and all without spending a single penny.
While his contract situation means he is in a strong negotiating position to demand big wages, the fact that he will not cost a transfer fee will free up funds for the Hammers to invest in other needy areas, like midfield and centre back, thus aiding their quest for Europe.