By Danny Wright

1st Apr, 2018 | 2:08pm

West Ham in hunt for title-chasing goal machine with jaw-dropping fee, Tottenham keen - report

West Ham are in the hunt to sign Porto forward Moussa Marega, according to a report.

The Mirror claims that the Portuguese title-chasers are ready to welcome a bidding war in the summer with Everton, Swansea and Tottenham also keen on the 26-year-old goal machine.

It is understood that the Mali international has a jaw-dropping £35million buy-out fee in his contract but Porto will likely not demand that much in order to sell him in the summer.

Marega has made 35 appearances in all competitions this season and scored 21 goals.

The report adds that Marega is interested on moving to England but add that Porto would want to drive a hard bargain before selling him.

Porto are currently second in Liga NOS, one point behind league leaders Benfica with a game in hand.

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Football Insider verdict

West Ham need to invest in the squad in the summer if they want to steer clear from the trouble that has plagued the club this season. Battling against relegation should be unthinkable for a team with such resources so they need to try and win the race to sign Marega if they have serious interest in him. Everton and Spurs will be a threat if they also want to pursue the Mali international but the Hammers’ sheer desperation for a top quality centre-forward should mean they would win any race. Marko Arnautovic has played well up front as of late but the Austrian is not consistent enough over the course of a season.

In other West Ham news, the Irons are ready to make a £15million swoop for this goal machine from a fourth-placed club.

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