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West Ham poised to announce eighth signing

West Ham are posied to announce Portugal starlet Xande Silva as their eighth summer signing.

The 21-year-old forward has put pen to paper on a three-year deal from Portuguese side Vitoria, subject to international clearance. The £1.8m capture with £1.3m of potential add-ons is a small gamble for the future.

Silva joins the likes of record signing Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena and Lukasz Fabilanksi to arrive ahead of the new season.

Silva has made 26 appearances in Primeira Liga in his career to date, scoring once, having joined from Sporting in 2014.

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He is a pacy right-footed forward who can also be deployed on the wing. He will join up with the West Ham Academy U23 squad along side Toni Martinez and be encouraged to make the step up for an early break through to first team as soon as possible.

West Ham have signed the the 18 year old striker Toni Martinez from Valencia on a three-year contract in the Summer of 2016 for £2.7m. Over the past two seasons Martinez has 24 appearances in the Development squad scoring 19 times and making 3 assists. He was loaned out to Oxford United making 15 appearances and scoring one goal and also loaned out to Real Valladolid last season making 10 appearances and netting just once.

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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