West Ham United have made the first move to sign exciting young striker Marcos Paulo from Fluminense, according to TEAMtalk. 

The Hammers are short of options in the centre forward position, with Michail Antonio fulfilling the role in the Premier League opening day defeat to Newcastle United. 

Sebastien Haller was signed at considerable expense from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer, but the West Ham striker has struggled to have the desired impact in English football. 

With Jordan Hugill sold by the Hammers to Norwich City earlier this summer and Xande Silva short of experience, David Moyes does not have many options to lead his attack. 

The latest report suggests West Ham have made their move to land Paulo, but both Leeds United and Arsenal are interested in the striker too. 

The reported Hammers target has impressed for Fluminense since breaking into the first-team. 

Despite being born in Brazil, the young forward has represented Portugal at both under-18 and under-19 level, removing any headaches over work permits should West Ham look to sign him. 

Realistically, it remains to be seen if signing a teenage striker from the other side of the world is going to solve the Hammers’ attacking woes, but new acquisitions are clearly needed after the defeat to Newcastle.