West Ham are one of the clubs being linked with a winter move for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi. The Hammers were interested in him in the summer as well, but a move didn’t materialise, but with the Algerian star out of contract at the end of the 2018/19 season, Porto are said to be ready to listen to offers.
There are no shortage of suitors for the 28 year old, with Lazio and Roma both interested, and the likes of Marseille, Lyon and Besiktas also keeping tabs on the winger’s situation. Back in England, Wolves and Everton are also mulling bids.
If West Ham were to sign Brahimi, it would be interesting to see where they play him. Pellegrini’s current 4-1-4-1, which has brought them success against the likes of Man Utd, currently sees Brazilian Felipe Anderson operate on the left wing, which is also Brahimi’s natural position. An option could be to push Anderson to the centre, but that would leave a doubt over Manuel Lanzini, the Argentine fan favourite who is currently recovering from an injury that saw him miss the 2018 World Cup.
Since the 2017/18 season, Brahimi has attempted more successful dribbles than any other player in the Portuguese Liga. He joined Porto in 2014 from Spanish side Granada.