Madrid youngster linked with Hammers switch

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 9th May 2015

West Ham are once again being linked with a possible move for Atletico Madrid youngster Leo Baptistao.

The Hammers were interested in signing the highly-talented 21-year-old back in January but Baptistao remained with Rayo Vallecano, with whom he has been on loan since August.

His future at Madrid, to whom he will return at the end of the season remains uncertain and although talks with boss Diego Simeone are planned for the summer, Athletico are understood to be willing to talk to other clubs - even if Baptistao's 21m buyout clause is unlikely to be met.

Should West Ham indeed make a serious bid to sign the Brazilian striker - as suggested by sources in Spain - it is likely they will have to fight off competition from the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Roma, both of whom have also been linked with Baptistao in recent weeks.

Under contract until 2018, he has scored seven goals for Rayo so far this season - including three two-goal hauls - from 24 appearances. However his season was disrupted in March when a torn thigh muscle ruled him out of action for the next six weeks.

Fellow Premier League side Sunderland are also reported to have expressed an interest.

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