Red Bull Bragantino defender Leo Ortiz has admitted that he was very happy to hear his name linked with West Ham United.
The Hammers are keen to bring the 26-year-old Brazilian to The London Stadium for around £8 million in the summer transfer window according to a report from Globo Esporte.
David Moyes is well-known to be on the look-out for a new centre-back this summer.
Nayef Aguerd is closing in on a move to West Ham according to the likes of L’Equipe. But with Angelo Ogbonna now on the wrong side of 34, Craig Dawson having recently turned 32 and Issa Diop facing an uncertain future at the London Stadium, perhaps Moyes will be after another central defender.
Leo Ortiz is one man who could be West Ham bound this summer, according to reports.
The player himself is certainly excited by the prospect of moving to East London…
Leo Ortiz makes West Ham admission
The 26-year-old is currently plying his trade in Brazil with Red Bull Bragantino.
And he spoke to Globo Esporte about the recent report linking him with a move to the London Stadium this summer:
“I see it with good eyes. It’s always very good for a player to be valued in this way, with the interest of European clubs. West Ham are a club that plays in the best league in the world, which is the Premier League. Reached the Europa League semifinals. I was very happy for the interest of these clubs. I think it’s important for me, I think maybe I’m ready to reach the European market, I’ve matured a lot. But as I always say: I’m very happy here. It’s a place I play regularly, I’ve been performing well in recent years. This is important for me to be going to the national team. This is where I was when I was called up. So, I believe there are chances here too, but I also know how important it is.”
Standing at 6ft 1in tall and having never played in Europe, we believe that he would be a rather strange signing for the Hammers.
Signing Aguerd will be more than enough this summer.
And we would be very surprised if Leo Ortiz moved to West Ham anytime soon, despite his glowing remarks about the Hammers.