By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Mar, 2022 | 7:40am

Benfica braced for bumper payday amid West Ham and Arsenal interest in Darwin Nunez

Benfica are reportedly prepared to make a big-money sale in the summer, given the interest from West Ham and Arsenal in Darwin Nunez.

According to the Express, the Hammers, along with Newcastle are plotting a summer swoop for the striker.

The report also claims that the Gunners have already opened talks with the agent of the Uruguay international.

Competition heating up

Arsenal and Newcastle have deeper pockets than West Ham so signing Nunez is going to be tough.

Ideally, they should not have waited until the final few days of the January window to chalk up funds and table a bid for the 23-year-old.

There did not seem to be any genuine interest for his services then, but now a host of clubs are keen.

This is classic West Ham and that might lead to them losing out on yet another target.

They cannot afford to go three straight summers without signing a striker, but knowing their track record, nothing can be ruled out just yet.

Hopefully, David Moyes pushes his weight and gets something done sooner rather than later as we do not want to see the club begin their process to sign a striker in the last few days of the summer.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have scouted a £20m-rated ‘Dangerous’ British striker and want to seal a permanent move this summer.

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