According to reports in Portugal, West Ham are eying up a summer swoop for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi.
Portuguese outlet A Bola claim Manuel Pellegrini wants Brahimi at West Ham next season.
The Hammers have “long been in love” with the Algerian winger according to A Bola, and the Portuguese champions could look to offload several top players this summer like they did in 2015, when they lost the likes of Casemiro, Danilo and Alex Sandro.
The report claims a deal could be worth just €30m (around £26m), so the World Cup bound wing wizard could be a cheaper alternative to Lazio’s Felipe Anderson.
Although West Ham do appear to sill hold an interest in Anderson, the Brazilian’s price tag is quite simply too much. According to Sky Sports, Lazio want £44m to part with the winger, which would make a huge dent in Pellegrini’s transfer kitty.
Pellegrini is desperate for some more firepower up front to help the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, and the loss of Manuel Lanzini means he needs more creativity, which is exactly what Brahimi would bring.
After Lanzini injured his knee in Argentina training today, the Hammers desperately need more creativity, and Brahimi’s experience could fill the gaping void left by the little Argentine.
The two targets play on opposite wings, but it seems unlikely the Hammers would sign both, and if they can only get one then Brahimi is the better choice.
The Algerian international, who has 11 goals in 41 caps for his country, is a few years older than Anderson at 28, but has been delivering consistent returns on the wing for much longer than the Brazilian.
Brahimi has had over ten goal contributions in each of his four seasons with Porto, and in three of those seasons it’s been closer to 20. Anderson has only had one real standout season, when he grabbed ten league goals in his breakout season at Lazio in 2014-15.
Looking at their performances this season, Brahimi’s stats tell you exactly how dangerous he is, averaging an incredible 5.1 dribbles per game in the league, and adding seven assists to his nine goals.
The tricky Algerian loves to beat his man and then whip in a dangerous ball, exactly the kind of service that Hernandez could thrive on if he plays a major role under Pellegrini.
Anderson offers slightly more in a defensive sense than the Algerian, but if Pellegrini needs a creative winger to help the Hammers score more goals, then £26m for a player of Brahimi’s calibre is an absolute no brainer.
So, West Ham fans, would you rather sign Brahimi? Or splash the extra cash on Anderson? Let us know by voting in the poll below…