West Ham are interested in signing a young striker from Angola. According to Sapo Desporto, West Ham are one of a few European clubs keen on signing teenage forward Zito Luvumbo from Primeiro de Agusto.
Luvumbo currently plays in the Angolan top-flight for Luanda-based Primeiro de Agusto and is impressing. Just recently, he scored one and won a penalty in the 2-0 win over Desportivo da Huíla. The 17-year-old has caught the eye of teams in Europe and West Ham are among the sides that could swoop.
Portuguese side Boavista are also interested. This could be an interesting move for Luvumbo as he would not have to learn a new language. An alternative option is Lille, who currently play in the French top division.
Zito Luvumbo had a trial at Manchester United
The individual award winners at the 2018 COSAFA Under-17 Championships:
Player of the Tournament: Zito Luvumbo (Angola)
Golden Boot: Prins Tjiueza (Namibia) – 6 goals
Golden Glove: Geovani Carvalho (Angola)
Fair Play Award: South Africa pic.twitter.com/YiY5mEMPdR
— COSAFA (@COSAFAMEDIA) July 29, 2018
Luvumbo nearly moved to England back in February. According to a report by The Sun at the time, Manchester United took Luvumbo on trial. The Red Devils flew the 17-year-old in for a closer look with many calling him the next Manucho.
This same report added that Sporting CP, FC Porto and Benfica are all interested in the Angola U17 international, who is due to play in the U17 World Cup in Brazil in October. He also won the Player of the Tournament accolade at the COSAFA U17 Championships last year.
With so many clubs chasing his signature, West Ham might have to act fast to win the race. The teenager is clearly a talented player but he would be one for the future rather than an immediate first-team striker.