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Report: Everton, West Ham and Wolves in race for £8m Benfica defender Andre Almeida

West Ham are one of three clubs linked with Andre Almeida. According to The Express, West Ham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton are battling for the Benfica right-back.

However, Wolves are in pole position to land Almeida. The lure of Europa League football, as well as the growing Portuguese contingent at Molineux, makes this a more preferrable destination for Almeida.

Benfica have just won the Portuguese league with Almeida playing a key role. To ensure they do not lose him on the cheap, Benfica will demand £8m for their full-back.

Who is Andre Almeida?

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Almeida is a versatile player who has racked up just shy of 250 appearances since his 2011 move from Belenenses. He operates as a right-back or as a right-wing-back but he can also play on the left-hand side. Almeida has also played in defensive midfield.

The 8-cap Portugal international racked up 46 appearances for Benfica this season, providing 11 assists for team-mates. But it looks like his eight-year stay with the Portuguese heavyweights could be about to end.

West Ham are in the hunt to sign the 28-year-old but right-back might not be Manuel Pellegrini’s first priority. The Hammers are currently well-stocked in this department.

Ryan Fredericks was in top form towards the end of last season. Meanwhile, Pablo Zabaleta signed a new deal. And with Sam Byram back from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest and Ben Johnson pushing for a first-team promotion, Pellegrini might opt against spending £8m on a right-back.

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