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Hammers keep eye on Porto striker

West Ham are again being linked with Porto star striker Moussa Marega after reportedly failing to land the Porto striker last summer.

ClaretandHugh reported recently the club were keeping an eye  on the 28 year old who appears destined to move on from the Portuguese outfit this summer.

Despite having two years left on his contract he is keen to move in on the Premier League and the Hammers have checked him regularly despite Manuel Pellegrini having made his main target Maxi Gomez at Celta Vigo.

With the Spanish club almost safe from relegation Gomez will cost around £42 million which would eat heavily into their transfer budget whilst Marega would be available at around £34 million – the release clause in his contract.

According to A Bola, Porto will sell Marega this summer and stressed that the Hammers are long standing admirers of the the Mali international.

Marega has proven himself to be a prolific goalscorer during the last few seasons at the Estadio do Dragao, netting 21 times in 2018/19 after firing Porto to the title 12 months earlier.

Much now depends on whether the Hammers decide to put most of their eggs in the Gomez basket which has seemed likely for months or whether Pellegrini decides to try stretching his financial resources.

L’Equipe reported the Hammers were interested in Marega last summer but failed with a £26 million bid.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon