Date: 1st August 2018 at 10:37am
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West Ham have met with Porto to discuss the signing of Yacine Brahimi, according to O Jogo.

The Portuguese newspaper revealed the meeting between the two sides on the front page of their newspaper (1st August).

The report reveals that, according to Twitter account FCPortoGlobal, the Portuguese side are demanding that the Hammers pay the Algerian’s full release clause.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported in May that the dazzling winger’s release clause stands at a whopping £53million.

OPINION

Whilst the signing of Yacine Brahimi would be a very good one indeed for West Ham, it’s not one that they particularly need, especially considering the reported exuberant asking price. The Hammers have already got a number of quick wingers who coast an awful lot of money in this transfer window, so it makes no sense why they would splash more money in a position where they have too many players as it is. They’ve already spent a reported combined £52.2million on both Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson, players who would take up Brahimi’s position in the side. They also have Michail Antonio, Marko Arnautovic and Robert Snodgrass competing for those wide player spots, so unless a few are sold, Brahimi would be overdoing it slightly. They need to focus on getting a striker in and a centre-back, to cover injuries to key duo Andy Carroll and Winston Reid, who will reportedly be missing for quite some time.