West Ham are watching Hoffenheim striker Joelinton in action, according to a report by Italian media outlet Calciomercato.
The Hammers are likely to sign at least one new striker in the summer as Manuel Pellegrini continues to transform his squad. Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez have all been linked with moves away, while Andy Carroll is out of contract.
Joelinton could be a target for Pellegrini’s men this summer as they look to bring in a striker to take the club to the next level.
Who is Joelinton?
Brazilian striker Joelinton made the move from Sport Recife to Hoffenheim in 2015 and has since had a loan spell in Austria with Rapid Wien.
After netting 21 goals in 79 games in a two-year loan spell with Rapid Wien, Joelinton returned to Hoffenheim this season and has been a regular.
The 22-year-old has played 32 games in all competitions (including 23 Bundesliga starts) and scored 11 goals. He has also weighed in with six assists for team-mates.
Newcastle United also want Joelinton
West Ham are not the only Premier League side interested in Joelinton. According to The Sun, Newcastle United are preparing a club-record £40m bid for the Hoffenheim forward.
The Magpies might now have to fend off West Ham, who could firm up their interest in the former Brazil under-17 starlet with a concrete bid if they are impressed with his performances.
But given the price tag that Hoffenheim are likely to demand, his goal scoring record does not indicate that he is worth that outlay at this stage.