West Ham are in hunt to sign Portimonense striker Beto

West Ham have approached Portimonense with an enquiry about striker Beto, according to Portuguese newspaper Record.

The Irons have reportedly asked for the conditions to sign the Portuguese forward, as have Serie A side Atalanta.

Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt and CSKA Moscow are also interested in the 23-year-old, while Benfica have also begun to construct a deal of their own.

Beto has a release clause of €40million [£34.5million] but it is believed Portimonense would be willing to start negotiations at around €20million [£17.2million].

Unknown quantity

West Ham’s search for a striker seems to have taken a new twist, which may mean we are not confident about landing our top targets, such as Tammy Abraham.

It is good to see the club being proactive when it comes to sounding out potential signings – the last thing we want is to be frantically panic buying in August.

Beto is a strange one, however.

He has obviously caught the eye of some prestigious clubs through his performances but paying at least £17million for a striker who has scored 11 goals in Liga Nos this season is not very appealing.

If we are to better our performance this season and compete in Europe we need to be signing attackers who can push Michail Antonio for a place or take his place in the team.

Beto does not strike us as a player who would be able to do that.

We would rather sign a star with Premier League experience, and failing that an attacker with a prolific goalscoring record.

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