Hammers join race to sign Benfica defender

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West Ham United are reported to be showing an interest in Benfica right-back Andre Almeida this summer.

West Ham United are reported to be showing an interest in Benfica right-back Andre Almeida this summer.

The Hammers are well blessed at right-back as Pablo Zabaleta and Ryan Fredericks are currently in the ranks, but Almeida’s versatility makes him an attractive proposition.

He can also play at left-back and in midfield, and it would appear that Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to do a deal.

The 28-year-old has been one of the star performers for the Portuguese side this season as they went on to claim the Primeira League title, and his performances have caught the eye.

Almeida provided 12 assists and scored two goals from right-back, so it comes as no surprise to see a number of Premier League clubs chase his signature.

As well as the Hammers, Everton Leicester, Southampton and Brighton have all been linked, meaning West Ham face a battle to do a deal.

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