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Porto could be willing to sell Moussa Marega this summer, if they receive an offer of around €35 million (£31 million), according to Portuguese outlet CM Jornal.

West Ham United and Everton are thought to be in the running for the forward, whose release clause is actually set at €40 million (£35.5 million).

The player himself is thought to be open to a move and has admitted that this summer could be the right time to depart and test himself outside of the Liga NOS.

Marega’s impressive record in 2017-18 saw him bag a total of 22 league goals from just 29 appearances, despite rarely playing as an out-and-out centre forward.

Able to play across the final third, the 27-year-old is a sharp finisher whose pace and propensity to run at defenders could make him a valuable addition to any Premier League side.

West Ham will hope to persuade the Mali international to make the switch to the London Stadium, in the process perhaps solving a striker problem that has haunted the club for over a decade.

A reliable goalscorer has proven elusive and is a major factor as to why the Hammers have not been able to find the consistency to become a potent force in the top half of the table.

Marko Arnautovic topped the club’s charts last term with 11 league strikes, although speculation remains that he could depart before the beginning of the new campaign.

Whether the West Ham hierarchy will be prepared to pay the money to land Marega may prove decisive in getting any deal over the line.

If he does come on the market, there are likely to be a number of potential suitors in the frame from across Europe given his form over the past couple of seasons.

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