Report: West Ham join £8m race for Benfica ace Andre Almeida

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton FC at London Stadium on May 4, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Andre Almeida could reporteldy move to the Premier League after helping Benfica win the Portuguese title, with West Ham United linked.

Andre Almeida of SL Benfica with the Primeira Liga trophy after winning the match between SL Benfica v Santa Clara - Primeira Liga at Estadio da Luz on May 18, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

West Ham United have shown an interest in signing Benfica right-back Andre Almeida this summer, according to the Express.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a fine season in the Primeira Liga, helping Benfica take back their title from bitter rivals Porto after Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Santa Clara.

Almeida, a Portuguese international who featured at the 2014 World Cup, has now won the league title five times in seven years. The adventurous full-back has also produced 12 assists in all competitions, a tally that has caught the eye of clubs looking to reinforce their back line.

 

According to the Express, West Ham are keen on Almeida, who is valued at a bargain £8 million.

He could be a substantial upgrade on Ryan Fredericks or the veteran Pablo Zabaleta while his ability to cover at left-back should give Manuel Pellegrini far more depth at the back.

Benfica's defender Andre Almeida from Portugal (L) vies with Guimaraes's forward Helder Ferreira from Portugal (R) during the match between SL Benfica and VSC Guimaraes at Estadio...

The report adds, however, that Wolves hold a substantial advantage given that a number of Almeida’s compatriots, including Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Rui Patricio, are also playing at Molinuex.

Wolves can also offer continental competition after qualifying for next season’s Europa League.

Everton are also reported to be interested and, like Wolves, they also have an Iberian coach in Marco Silva.

Andre Almeida of SL Benfica scores SL Benfica sixth goal during the Liga NOS match between SL Benfica and SC Braga at Estadio da Luz on December 23, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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