Championship trio lead race to bring Ricardo Vaz Te back to England

Ricardo Vaz Te

HITC Sport understands that Hull City, Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday are among those keen on the ex-West Ham United forward.

Former West Ham United man Ricardo Vaz Te is in line for a move back to England, and a host of clubs have already expressed an interest in the Portuguese forward, HITC Sport understands from sources close to a potential deal.

The 28-year-old is a free agent after spending six months playing in Turkey with Akhisar Belediyespor.

Vaz Te performed well in Turkey, with five goals in 14 games, but he wants to return to the UK and now HITC Sport understands up to half-a-dozen clubs are keen on landing him.

HITC Sport understands Hull City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield Wednesday are among the teams looking to secure his services ahead of the new season, as they ready themselves for a shot at securing promotion out of the Championship.

Vaz Te, who started his career in England with Bolton Wanderers, has plenty of past experience of life in the second tier, having enjoyed a successful spell with Barnsley in 2011/12.

His efforts with the Tykes earned him a move to West Ham in January 2012, and he would end his first season with the club by netting the winning goal in the play-off final at Wembley.

He spent a further two-and-a-half years with the Hammers – making 61 appearances and scoring 19 goals – before seeing his contract terminated in January.

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