By Saikat Mandal

8th Jan, 2022 | 2:10pm

WHZ View: West Ham must move for Portuguese striker Vitinha

It’s an open secret that West Ham are looking to sign a striker this month, and their quest has taken them to Portugal.

According to reports from Portuguese outlet O Jogo, the Hammers have turned their attention to Braga striker Vitinha.

Signing a striker is absolutely necessary with the Hammers currently having Michail Antonio as their only recognised senior striker.

David Moyes must bring more quality in that department before the end of the January window, as they have to challenge for the top-four spot.

It’s not easy to sign players in January even if their contract is expiring.

Either a lot of competition for players (Eddie Nketiah for example) or clubs are refusing to let their players go (Divock Origi for example) which are making things complicated.

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With this in mind, a move for the Portuguese young striker makes a lot of sense. The 21-year-old is a hitherto unknown talent whom the Hammers have kept an eye on for a while.

Several Italian clubs are also tracking him but it seems West Ham may have found a hidden gem here. He would be a very exciting addition to the club. The technically gifted striker has scored 10 goals in 16 games so far.

Vitinha has a release clause of around £25million inserted into his contract, but we have seen the Portuguese clubs are quite flexible in negotiating terms.

Portuguese clubs generally insert big transfer clauses on their players but they seldom stick to it. If West Ham can secure a loan move with an option to sign him, Braga probably won’t refuse.

His lack of Premier League experience goes against him, but Moyes has a chance to develop a player whose best years are yet to come.

He is a special talent. Considering his age, talent, and form, his signing could be a transfer masterstroke from Moyes.

In other West Ham news, Hammers dealt blow in pursuit for ‘tremendous’ striker as club don’t want to sell.