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Report: West Ham linked with Spurs transfer target

West Ham are reportedly chasing Cologne midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt according to reports coming out of Germany.

Everton, Spurs, Monaco, Schalke and Hoffenheim are thought to be monitoring the former Germany Under-21 star who has a bargain £7million release clause with his relegated Bundesliga side.

Cologne seems resigned to losing the 24-year-old.  German website Express.De claims West Ham and Everton have registered interest while German newspaper BILD.de claims Spurs, Monaco and Hoffenheim have shown interest.

The German is featured mainly as a left-sided attacking midfielder for Cologne, but despite his attacking intentions, he is also adept at tracking back, working hard out of possession and contributing defensively.

Bittencourt has confirmed that he has had an influx of proposals, but insists he has decided nothing yet. The winger, who is the son of former Brazilian player Franklin Bittencourt, said: “I can only confirm that there are currently various requests from the Bundesliga and abroad.
However, nothing is decided yet.”

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