Date: 29th May 2019 at 12:54pm
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West Ham have made contact with Belgian side Club Brugge over a move for striker , according to Calciomercato.com.

The Italian outlet report that West Ham along with fellow Premier League side Newcastle have sounded out a move for the 22-year-old, with both clubs thought to be in pole position to sign the Brazilian who is believed to be keen on moving to the English top flight this summer.

However, West Ham could also face competition from Serie A side Lazio, who are also thought to be interested in making a move for Moraes, who has enjoyed an impressive season in Belgium scoring 13 goals and registering seven assists in the Belgian top flight this campaign, this summer.

OPINION

West Ham will be looking to improve their forward options this summer, as Pellegrini looks to build upon a top half finish in his first season in charge at the London Stadium. It will be interesting to see who manages to secure the signature of Moraes this summer, with Newcastle and Lazio also interested in the Brazilian, and the Hammers might have to act swiftly to seal a move for the 22-year-old. Moraes’ form this season for Club Brugge suggests he could be a very useful option for West Ham, with the Hammers lacking in forward options with Andy Carroll likely to be leaving at the end of his contract this summer, and Lucas Perez’s future also in doubt. Pellegrini will therefore be hoping he can manage to sign a new forward during the transfer window, and West Ham making contact with the Brazilian’s club suggests they are beginning to step up their interest in signing the striker. With Carroll likely to be leaving the London Stadium the Hammers will need to ensure they have another striker in ready to make an impact for the start of the Premier League season and Moraes could be the player to do that.