By Tom Blackburn

West Ham have joined Tottenham in the race for Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez, according to a report.

Ramirez is on the verge of leaving the Spanish giants, having barely played in 2016 following a thigh strain.

Insidefutbol, citing La Opinion de Malaga, say that Malaga and West Ham have joined Spurs in keeping a close eye on the 20-year-old.

This comes after Football Insider reported on Tuesday night that Wolfsburg have been given permission by AZ Alkmaar to hold talks with Holland striker Vincent Janssen.

AZ Alkmaar permitted Tottenham to speak to their star striker last week as talks centred on a £12million deal but it appears that an agreement is a long way off for the player.

West Ham have been linked with a number of young stars this summer and it has been suggested that Malaga are fearful of the financial muscle that the Hammers possess.

A number of other Premier League clubs, led by Tottenham and including Everton, Swansea and Crystal Palace, are all said to be on alert having tracked the Spaniards lack of football at the Camp Nou.

Ramirez signed with Barcelona last summer after two seasons with the Barcelona B side, and was unable to score in the 10 games he played in the league this season.

His only goals for the Spanish champions were a hat-trick against Villanovense in the Copa del Rey, a tournament he played four times in this season.

Along with Malaga and the English clubs, it has also been claimed that Turkish giants Galatasaray are also keeping a close watch on the striker, who has 12 months left on his contract.

Notably, Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez recently stated that the striker could be on his way out of the club this summer.

In other West Ham news, they are set to be approached about a swap deal for their £27,000-a-week striker.