West Ham are reportedly keen to sign Gremio forward Everton Soares in January, and are set to meet the player’s agent next later this week, according to respected football journalist Nicolo Schira.

The Hammers got rid of five forwards in the summer, and signed just two. They are clearly light in the attacking department. This was highlighted when Michail Antonio started as centre-forward against Chelsea on Saturday.

West Ham have looked toothless at times in the final third. Sebastien Haller has struggled, scoring just four goals this season, whilst Albian Ajeti is clearly not good enough for the Premier League.

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Everton Soares (Photo by MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images)

And Everton Soares could be just the man to help the Hammers become a more potent force.

 

The 23-year-old can play anywhere along the front-line. He racked up 15 goals and seven assists in 40 games for Gremio this season, and that kind of attacking output could help take West Ham to another level.

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Everton Soares (Photo by MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images)

He is technically gifted, possesses real pace and is a bundle of energy. Despite his pint-sized stature, Soares is a real handful. The South American has a low centre of gravity, and he punches well above his weight.

According to Globoesporte in Brazil, the 23-year-old has an €80 million (£68 million) release clause. It is claimed that Gremio could be tempted to sell him for just €40 million (£34 million), however.

And if West Ham really want to progress to the next level, they should think nothing of paying that kind of fee for a player like Soares.

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