According to a report from A Bola, West Ham have made a concrete £13 million bid for Jovane Cabral. But they will need to raise that offer to £18 million if they want to bring the winger to the Premier League.
It is clear to see for everyone involved with the Hammers that David Moyes needs to bring some defensive reinforcements into the London Stadium this summer.
That should undoubtedly be his priority.
We have sold Grady Diangana to West Brom for £20 million. And Felipe Anderson has also been linked with an exit, with the Mirror claiming that he is a target for Arsenal.
If the Brazilian was to follow Diangana out the door, it could be argued that West Ham do actually need another attacking wide player.
And A Bola reckon that Jovane Cabral could be the man for the job. In fact, they suggest that the Hammers have already made a £13 million bid for the 22-year-old – one that was subsequently rejected by Sporting.
The east London outfit allegedly need to raise their bid to around £18 million if they are to have any chance of signing the Cape Verde international this summer. We could also face competition from Fulham for his signature.
The 22-year-old racked up six goals and three assists in 16 Primeira Liga games for Sporting this season (Transfermarkt).
In those 16 outings, the Cape Verde international averaged 2.9 shots, 1.3 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per game (Who Scored).
Cabral is a decent player for sure. In fact, Total Football Analysis claims that he is Sporting’s best player. But he should be a long way from the top of Moyes’s list of priorities.
If we manage to add a new left-back, right-back, centre-back and centre-forward to our ranks, signing the Sporting ace would be an added bonus.