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.
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.
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