West Ham plot audacious move for Barcelona and Chelsea £29m target

West Ham have sensationally thrown their hat into the ring to sign highly rated FC Porto midfielder Ruben Neves, according to the Metro.

The 18-year old has previously been linked to the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool as well as La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

A defensive midfielder, the youngster has been rumoured to be valued at around £29m should any club wish to prize him away from his homeland.

Reports suggest the Hammers have had scouts in attendance in recent weeks as they cast their eye over the engine room dynamo.

The East London outfit have never paid above £20m for a player, their record being set at £15m when they prized England striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool in 2013.

However, the recent TV deals for the Premier League affords far more transfer funds to the clubs contesting than ever before.

Neves recently became the youngest player to ever captain a side in the Champions League at just 18 years and 221 days and is touted to go on to big things in the game.

Upton Park chief Slaven Bilic has seen side depleted by injuries over recent months and is reportedly plotting to rival the big boys in what would be one of the most shocking deals in recent memory.