West Ham were reportedly in talks to sign Porto attacker Yacine Brahimi in the summer transfer window but clearly failed in negotiations as the Algeria international remains in Portugal. However that could all change next year after an update on his future that could cause some excitement at the London Stadium.
It was undoubtedly a blow for Manuel Pellegrini, whose attack-force could still do with an extra quality addition to really make it feared by Premier League defences.
Brahimi has been lethal in his time at Porto. Last season the left-sided winger scored 12 goals and supplied 10 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions as the Portuguese giants won the league title and reached the Champions League knock-out rounds.
He has started this season in similar good form, scoring three goals in 11 total games and helping his side off to a good start in their Champions League group.
However this could very well be Brahimi’s last season at Estadio do Dragao as his contract expires at the end of the campaign and Portuguese news outlet O Jogo reports that Porto are no closer to agreeing new terms with the forward.
It is understood that Brahimi has a £52.6million release clause in his current deal, but his price-tag could crash massively in 2019 as he could leave Porto on a free transfer – which is a huge boost for West Ham.
O Jogo adds that the former Stade Rennais attacker dreams of playing in the Premier League and given the fact that he is set to be available for absolutely nothing, the Irons now have the perfect chance to go out and attempt to sign him for a second time.
Brahaimi will be impressed with West Ham’s persistence in trying to acquire him and moving to London would also help him achieve his dream and, more than likely, a bigger pay-cheque.
It could be the signing that the Hammers need in January to spark a bit of life into Pellegrini’s attack and the club really need to keep close tabs on developments coming out of Porto during the next few months.