According to a report from Portuguese media outlet O Jogo, Wolves are in talks to sign Sporting Lisbon ace Joao Palhinha, but West Ham want him too.

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The 24-year-old central midfielder, who can also operate at centre-back, has been on loan with Braga this season. And he has really impressed.

West Ham and Wolves will both be keen to strengthen in defensive midfield this summer.

And Palhinha might just be the ideal option for both clubs.

SL Benfica v SC Braga - Liga NOS

Joao Palhinha (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

O Jogo claims that Nuno Espirito Santo is in talks to bring the Portuguese ace to Molineux. David Moyes allegedly wants to bring him to the London Stadium as well.

But for now it seems as though Wolves are slightly ahead of the Hammers in the race for his signature.

 

Stats

In 35 games for Braga so far this season, Palhinha has racked up four goals and one assist (Transfermarkt).

SL Benfica v SC Braga - Liga NOS

Joao Palhinha (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

In 18 league appearances, he has averaged 3.5 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.8 clearances and 1.8 dribbles per game (Who Scored). So the 24-year-old is clearly someone who likes to get stuck in, but he can also carry he ball from deep lying positions into more advances areas.

During those outings, the Portuguese ace has averaged 45.9 passes per game with an extremely impressive completion rate of 84% (Who Scored).

Tugascout claims that Sporting will be looking for around €15 million (£13.2 million) for Palhinha.

And that might just represent excellent value for either Wolves or West Ham.

As things stand, however, it seems as though the Black Country outfit have the edge over the Hammers.

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