West Ham United have long been linked with a move for Porto striker Moussa Marega.
West Ham were linked with the powerful Mali striker last summer and again in January (The Express).
But West Ham spent their money on Jarrod Bowen instead.
The forward’s future in Portugal looks decidedly uncertain, though, after he was allegedly racially abused during a game against Vitoria Guimaraes on Sunday.
And that may give West Ham new hope of signing Marega in the summer IF they can maintain their Premier League status.
West Ham struggles trace back to lack of striker support
At the moment that is a big IF. David Moyes has 13 games to save the Hammers.
Six of those are against the current top 10 with Manchester City and Liverpool up next – both away from home.
Much of West Ham’s struggles this season boil down to a lack of support for record signing Sebastien Haller.
The £45million Frenchman has scored just six goals all season. Had West Ham pushed the boat out to sign Marega too, Haller – at his best as a second striker – may well have enjoyed more success.
It is all hypothetical, but the Marega incident may see the forward push for a move away from Portugal in the summer.
Shocking scenes could see Hammers target Marega leave Portugal this summer
In shocking scenes, he was restrained by teammates as he tried to walk off the pitch after he was apparently racially abused during his side’s 2-1 win.
After scoring Porto’s second, Marega celebrated his goal by pointing to his skin. In response Vitoria fans aimed abuse and threw seats from the stand (The Guardian).
He made a thumbs down gesture to the home supporters.
Marega had the last laugh as he scored what turned out to be the winner on the hour mark. But he understandably felt unable to continue.
Marega has the last laugh and West Ham should revisit transfer this summer
His parting shot was to raise his two middle fingers to the home supporters.
West Ham have actually done business with Vitoria. The club signed young Portuguese striker Xande Silva from the side in question.
According to Football Insider, Dave Sullivan – son of co-owner David – has been busy helping to establish links between West Ham and a host of Portuguese clubs over the last couple of years.
So the East Londoners will hopefully be well-placed if they do want to try and offer Marega a pathway out of Portugal this summer.