Report: Agent in Madrid trying to send West Ham target Raul Jimenez to Benfica instead

The Mexican international looks to be on his way to West Ham, but Benfica are still keen.

West Ham United might have thought they were in the clear to sign Mexican international Raul Jimenez this week. It looks like he will be receiving a work permit to join the club on loan from Atletico Madrid in the coming days and The Hammers seem to have the deal tied up, as reported by The Daily Mail.

However, there competition is still in the hunt and are hopeful of getting hold of him.

Benfica are reportedly still keen on signing Jimenez, according to Portuguese daily O Jogo.

The Portuguese side still want Jimenez despite agreeing to bring in Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou on loan. O Jogo report that they want Jimenez and the Greek international at the club and agent Jorge Mendes is said to be in Madrid, trying to convince Atletico to send him to the Portuguese capital instead.

West Ham United need to bring in a striker after some recent injury troubles.

Enner Valencia is out for six weeks whilst Andy Carroll is continuing his rehab from a knee problem. Mauro Zarate has failed to impress at Upton Park – leaving Diafra Sakho as their only recongised striking option.

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