West Ham front runners to sign £22.4m magician

David Moyes post-match West Ham

West Ham's transfer plans are becoming all the more urgent as the window progresses.

Already we've seen David Moyes' team linked with a plethora of names, which given their league finish of 16th, isn't really surprising. 

The Hammers were incredibly poor in 2019/20, only surviving by five points.

Moves for John Stones and Kyle Walker-Peters have been tipped with the need for players who can perform consistently in the top-flight clearly at the front of their mind.

Though, as is the order of seemingly every transfer window, the Irons are looking at a nifty creative player to bring in too.

Whether it be Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson or Pablo Fornals, West Ham seem to love their diminutive playmakers.

The same can be said for the current transfer window, certainly in regards to their latest transfer target.

Pablo Fornals head in hands

According to a report from A Bola (via Sport Witness), West Ham are now front runners to land Sporting winger Jovane Cabral.

The 22-year-old is also attracting the advances of clubs in Italy, but it's the Hammers who look the most likely to sign him at this current time. 

Talks with the Portuguese club have already taken place and it's thought that around €20m to €25m will be enough to lure him to the Premier League. In British money, that's a deal that could cost £22.4m.

Cabral is a product of the Sporting academy, one famed for bringing a certain Cristiano Ronaldo through the ranks.

Jovane Cabral celebrates

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

This young player is a hugely exciting talent.

Although he had problems with injuries in 2019/20, he still mustered six goals and three assists in ten starts.

Capped one time by Cape Verde, he is an exceptional example of an inside forward, playing on the left and creating carnage by drifting inside.

In Liga NOS this season, Cabral managed a colossal 2.9 shots per game, while also producing 2.3 dribbles.

Jovane Cabral and Bruno Fernandes

On top of that, he was fouled 2.2 times. That's a superb haul for someone who is clearly very tricky to deal with.

West Ham may have players like Lanzini and Fornals in their squad, but ever since Dimitri Payet left, there has been a void of magic in the side.

The Frenchman was a constant threat for the Hammers and in his final year before moving to Marseille, managed 3.1 shots per match and 2.6 dribbles.

The similarities with a player of Cabral's quality are clear to see.

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