West Ham are set to reignite their interest in FC Porto’s Yacine Brahimi, according to the Portuguese media.
The Hammers have been alerted to Brahimi’s contract situation and are eyeing a potential swoop on a free transfer, as per O Jogo.
The transfer story
O Jogo reports that West Ham are among a number of teams trying to sign Brahimi on a Bosman free transfer.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season. And he is unwilling to negotiate fresh terms with Porto.
The Algeria international will become a free agent next summer so clubs can start negotiating with him in January.
West Ham are one of the clubs interested in securing Brahimi on a pre-contract agreement ahead of a free transfer in the summer.
Turkish giants Besiktas are also in the hunt, as well as Italian side Lazio. And French duo Lyon and Marseille are keeping their tabs on Brahimi.
Brahimi started his senior career with Rennes in the French top division. After spells out on loan at Clermont and Granada, he signed for the latter on a permanent deal.
His tally of nine goals in 53 games for Rennes and three goals in 36 games for Granada earned him his next move.
Brahimi joined Porto in 2014, where has has been ever since.
During that time, the French-born wide man has scored nearly 50 goals and made well over 150 appearances.
Moreover, he picked up the Primeira Liga title last season and has won numerous individual awards.
But he is set to call time on his career with the Portuguese giants and look for a move elsewhere.
Would he fit in at West Ham?
Brahimi is rated at £23.4m by transfermarkt, so signing him on a free would represent great business.
But fans might be concerned that he would be turning 29 before completing his move to West Ham.
With the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko on the wings, would Brahimi start for the Hammers?
On a free transfer, though, it is a low risk move which could be a stroke of genius.