West Ham were reportedly extremely keen to sign promising SL Benfica youngster Joao Felix during the summer transfer window.

The attacking midfielder has established himself as one of Benfica’s most exciting young players, with Felix having attracted the interest of several clubs across Europe.

It was reported in the summer that West Ham were keen to pursue a deal for Felix but they saw their apparent efforts come to no fruition.

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With Benfica having held on to their talented young playmaker in the summer, it seems they are now working to tie him down to a lucrative new deal. According to Portuguese news outlet Record, the 18-year-old could be set to extend his stay with the Liga NOS outfit beyond the currently agreed date in 2022.

Benfica are working with super-agent Jorge Mendes in an attempt to secure Felix’s future at the club and are believed to be keen on swiftly closing negotiations to fend off interest from elsewhere.

Record’s report states that Benfica are keen to install a buyout clause worth €120 million in Felix’s new deal as they look to put the likes of West Ham off a potential move in the future.