Liverpool, West Ham strike target refuses to rule out move

Date published: Tuesday 4th July 2017 9:33

Benfica forward Raul Jimenez has refused to rule out a move to the Premier League this summer, with Liverpool and West Ham both showing an interest.

Reports coming out of Portugal claim that Jimenez has refused to ‘close the doors’ on his future, with the 26-year-old set to receive a substantial “financial offer” from an unspecified English club.

Both Liverpool and West Ham have been named as potential suitors for the Mexico international, who has scored 12 times in 54 appearances for his country, according to the report in The Independent.

When asked about a potential switch to England’s top flight, Jimenez said: “The Premier League is a great league, but you have to wait.

“I don’t close any doors and we’ll see what happens. I’m still at Benfica. Now, I’m going to have a good vacation then go back to work with everything.

“I saw the [transfer rumour] came out but I don’t know anything. I was concentrating on the national team. I have a date to return to Benfica, to join the pre-season games and I’m in the club’s hands.”

Jimenez moved to Europe from Mexican side America in 2014 when he joined Atletico Madrid but failed to impress and left a season later to join Benfica for €21.8m.

He has scored 12 goals in 47 league appearances during his time in Portugal.

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