West Ham are expected to win the race for Sporting Lisbon youngster Nuno Moreira, according to Portuguese newspaper Record via Sport Witness.

Moreira’s contract expires at the end of the season and West Ham have already offered him a deal to join them in the summer.

Other clubs have made contact, such as Leicester City, Genoa and Celta Vigo, but West Ham are in pole position to sign Moreira.

Sporting CP want to keep the 19-year-old but West Ham have offered better terms and are hoping to finalise this deal.

The teenage attacking midfielder is yet to make his Sporting CP debut, despite having a few training sessions with the squad.

Instead, he plays for the club’s academy system and he now has a major decision to make about his future.

Nuno Moreira plays for Sporting CP’s academy. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

West Ham’s growing Portuguese contingent

If Moreira joins West Ham, he will become the third young Portuguese youngster to move to The London Stadium in the past 12 months.

 

Xande Silva left Vitoria Guimaraes last summer and joined the Hammers. The 21-year-old has already made his first-team debut after impressing in the youth team.

Then, in January, Mesaque Dju moved from Benfica to West Ham on a free transfer. The 19-year-old winger is currently in the under-23 squad.

West Ham have stepped up their efforts to sign Portuguese players in the past year; a plan which has brought success to Wolves.

According to Sky Sports News last summer, West Ham were hoping to sign Benfica and Portugal under-21 starlet Joao Felix, as well as some other Portugal-based players like Yacine Brahimi and Moussa Marega.

The same report claims that the Irons sent a delegation to strike working relationships with FC Porto and Benfica. This is clearly a market West Ham are eager to profit from and Moreira could be the next Portuguese player through the door.

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