West Ham are in pole position to sign highly rated Sporting Lisbon youngster Nuno Moreira, according to Sport Witness via Portuguese outlet Report.
The winger is out of contract with Sporting this summer and the Hammers lead the race in the pursuit of Moreira’s signature, though the Liga NOS side are looking to keep the 19-year-old at the club.
Moreira turns 20 in June and is reportedly growing frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities at Sporting, sparking interest from clubs across Europe, and West Ham is the winger’s ‘most likely destination,’ the report suggests, due to the club’s financial muscle.
Leicester City, Celta Vigo and Genoa are also said to be eyeing a move for the youngster, who has trained alongside Sporting’s first team recently but is yet to make a senior appearance for the Portuguese side.
Sporting are well known for producing a host of talented players, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Joao Mario, William Carvalho and Joao Moutinho all coming through the ranks at the club.
Best players to have come through Sporting's academy
One of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo famously came through the ranks at Sporting before his move to Manchester United.
Another who broke through at Sporting before a move to United. The winger returned to the Liga NOS side in 2018 before moving to the MLS to play for Orlando City earlier this year.
Moutinho came through the ranks at Sporting before moving to Liga NOS rivals Porto in 2010. The creative midfielder joined Monaco three years later before signing for Wolves last summer.
Quaresma is another who has played for some of the biggest clubs in football after moving through the academy at Sporting, having spells at Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto. The 35-year-old currently plies his trade in Turkey for Beskitas.
Despite being one of the most sought after midfielders in Europe as a youngster, Carvalho resisted the urge of an immediate big move and stayed at Sporting for a number of years after coming through the academy. The midfielder has now moved on, however, playing for Real Betis after his move to the Spanish side last summer.
Martins earned his big move away from Sporting last summer when he signed for Atletico Madrid, though the winger is currently on loan at Monaco after failing to break into the first team at Atletico.