WEST HAM are chasing Sporting CP star Rodrigo Battaglia in £26.5million summer deal, according to reports in Portugal.
The Hammers are aiming to bring the Argentine ace, 26, to the London Stadium as they aim to improve on what has been a torrid 2017-18 season.
West Ham still face a battle to avoid relegation this season, but won a crucial six-pointer at Southampton’s expense on Saturday.
The vital victory moved the East London side five points ahead of 18th-placed Saints as they created a little breathing room for themselves.
But, David Moyes’ men face competition from Serie A giants Inter Milan, Roma and Napoli for Argentinian star Battaglia’s signature this summer, say O Jogo.
Battaglia has made 37 appearances in all competitions for Sporting this season – in the Portuguese top flight, the Champions League and Europa League.
The Argentine midfielder has scored just twice – netting 16 times in his 199 appearances for the Lisbon giants.
Eight-cap Argentina Under-20s international Battaglia kicked-off his senior career at local club Huracan – where he spent three seasons.
He moved to Racing Club for one season before heading to Portugal to join Braga in 2014.
After loan spells at Moreirense, Rosario Central and Chaves, Battaglia joining Sporting last summer in a £4m deal – where he’s gone on to become a key cog of the Sporting starting XI.