West Ham in the race for £18m Brazilian wonderkid


West Ham are one of four clubs currently targeting a move for Benfica forward Anderson Talisca, according to reports in Brazil.

Brazilian website, O Dia, claim West Ham have been keeping close tabs on the Brazil U23 star, who has struggled for form this year having scored just two goals in 29 appearances.

However, he rose to prominence in Portugal when he first signed for the club after scoring nine goals in his first 13 outings.

That form alerted the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, who the Daily Mirror reported were considering activating his £18m release clause last year.

However, after struggling for form this season, Benfica are reportedly willing to allow the 21-year-old to leave on loan in January, with West Ham supposedly interested in bringing him to east London until the end of the season.

Talisca has previously been dubbed the ‘next Rivaldo’ and is undoubtedly going to have more suiters as the transfer window progresses.

But West Ham are reportedly well in the mix for his signature, alongside Flamengo, Cruzeiro and Corinthians.

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