West Ham are still interested in signing Leeds United winger Raphinha, 90min understands, while they remain in the mix for Hull winger Keane Lewis-Potter.
25-year-old Raphinha was the subject of a failed £50m bid from West Ham towards the end of the January transfer window, but he remains on the club’s extensive list of targets as David Moyes looks to pad out his squad with added depth.
Raphinha is also of interest to Barcelona and a number of other clubs, but the Catalan giants’ precarious financial situation means they may struggle to meet Leeds’ valuation, which 90min understands to be around the £60m mark.
The Brazilian has publicly stated that his future is ‘out of his hands’, although 90min has learned that he has already told Leeds that he does not wish to sign a new and improved contract – his current deal has two years left to run.
West Ham do have the financial firepower to make a transfer happen but it remains to be seen whether spending heavily on Raphinha, who has scored 17 goals and contributed 12 assists in two Premier League seasons, is deemed to be a shrewd move given a number of other positions need to be strengthened.
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Another player West Ham are continuing to track is Keane Lewis-Potter, who was named Hull’s Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters Player of the Year for 2021/22.
The 21-year-old versatile forward is interesting a number of Premier League clubs – Brentford, Brighton, Bournemouth, Southampton and Wolves among others – but 90min understands that the Hammers remain firmly in the mix for his signature.
Lewis-Potter scored 12 Championship goals last season and his signing could add further firepower to a Hammers side that will be playing European football for a second consecutive season in 2022/23.
A seventh place finish in the Premier League secured safe passage into the Europa Conference League, a competition the club will be confident of doing well in after reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League.
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