West Ham are one of two clubs interested in signing Benfica defender Lisandro Lopez, according to a report in The Mirror.
The 26-year-old is reportedly available for around £6million and although neither West Ham or Serie A side Fiorentina, the other club reportedly interested in signing him, have matched the asking price, it still looks possible that a deal could be done during the current transfer window.
According to the report, officials from West Ham will travel to Portugal on Monday to meet with representatives from Benfica in the hope of negotiating a deal to take the Argentinian to Upton Park.
Lopez, who has four caps for his national team, joined Benfica from Argentinian side Arsenal de Sarandí in 2013 but was immediately loaned to Spanish side Getafe. He stayed there for a year before returning to Lisbon, where he initially failed to have much impact on the starting XI.
This season, he’s played more regularly. He has started 10 league games, including each of the last seven of which Benfica have won six and drawn one, and have kept five clean sheets in the process.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has said he wasn’t expecting to do any business unless he felt it was an exceptional deal, and getting a defender in the prime of his career for just £6million could certainly fall into that category.