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Report: West Ham in Portugal trio scouting mission

West Ham has reportedly sent scouts to watch three Porto players according to Portuguese newspaper A Bolo.

Moussa Marega, Yacine Brahimi and Hector Herrera are thought to be the three players West Ham scouts have been watching.

Youngsters Mesaque Dju and Xande Silva recently joined the Hammers from Portuguese clubs as the Hammers are keeping a keen watch on the Primeira Liga.

28-year-old striker Marega is contracted until June 2021 joined FC Porto for £3.6m in 2017.

29-year-old Brahimi joined FC Porto in 2014 for £3.60m but his contract expires this June and is available on a free transfer.

29-year-old Herrera joined FC Porto in 2013 for £5.4m and his contract also expires this Summer. Although he is also available on a free transfer he is thought to have agreed a verbal pre-contract with Atletico Madrid. That deal is being held up due to Herrera being a few months short of gaining his EU citizenship.

FC Porto sit second in the league playing Nacional de Madeira on Sunday followed by Sporting CP the following Sunday.

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Report: West Ham in Portugal trio scouting mission

  1. Been linked with Brahimi for years & didn’t he turn us down once? I like him good player. Supposedly looking at Benfica’s Samaris on free too.
    None of these players are young but Margera is very good.
    And I’ve always liked Hector Herrera but seems like he is set for Atletico Madrid.
    Tho he has an engine on him proper box to box can get stuck in make great passes & push fwd & score goals.
    Have to see. But even Noble said need to add some Youth & Hunger & I agree. Pellegrini first conference with us was bring in yourh & pace.
    I’m ok with one older player but not injury prone or ridiculous wages. 28-29 a Rondon or Herrera Yes but hope the the majority of buys we get are under 28.
    But we love Frees. One free I liked but Zaba is staying is RB & CB cover Enock Kwateng who is a lot like Wan-Bissaka only 22 at Nantes.

  2. Ages 28 29 29. This seems to be about par for the course with all our ‘targets’. I am guessing our squad had one of the higher average ages in the PL, but it’s only an impression. Is this a deliberate policy to recruit older players? You need some experience but if it’s true that the PL involves more running (dunno if that’s true either but the experts and the players always say it is) surely you need a good proportion of younger players. Also, injuries usually become more common as players age.

  3. As of November 2018 our squad was joint sixth oldest in the PL. although Fulham & Southampton were the two youngest, so not sure it is always a good thing. But most of the big names were among the youngest too.

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