West Ham United are looking into a deal to sign Crystal Palace prospect Brandon Aveiro, TEAMtalk can reveal.
The Portuguese starlet celebrates his 19th birthday today and is part of the Eagles’ youth set-up but has been told he can move on.
A host of clubs are keen on landing the highly-rated young forward, who can play on either side of the pitch.
TEAMtalk understands that Everton and Sporting Lisbon have both held talks, but West Ham have taken the lead in the race to land him.
Aveiro is now training with West Ham, ahead of a potential deal, but the interest from rival clubs remains.
The player has a year left on his contract, but Palace will not stand in his way – although they will require some sort of sell-on included in any deal.
Aveiro signed a professional deal with the club in September 2018 on his 17th birthday. He then celebrated the deal by scoring a hat-trick for the Under-18s in a 4-2 win against Watford.
The Baggies are currently preparing for their first season back in the Premier League in three years. So far, their only signing has been to acquire Matheus Pereira on a permanent basis after his loan spell last year.
Now, they are set to permanently sign another player they had on loan last year, in the shape of Diangana.
The winger scored eight goals and added six assists from 30 appearances in their successful quest for promotion from the Championship last season. And their hopes of keeping him on a permanent basis have increased.
Various sources indicate that West Ham have accepted a bid for Diangana. According to the Telegraph, West Brom offered £12m for his services.
However, with add-ons they could actually pay closer to £20m for the England Under-21 international. That could make Diangana the most expensive signing in West Brom’s history.