West Ham are in hot pursuit of Braga forward Vitor Oliveira, according to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari.

The Sportitalia presenter revealed on his personal Twitter account that the Irons are closely following the 21-year-old, who also goes by the name Vitinha. However, several other Premier League clubs are following him, including Tottenham Hotspur.

Therefore, you would think the Irons might have to strike quickly in January before any of their rivals make a move for him.

#Braga si accendono le luci del mercato su Vitor Oliveira #Vitinha: classe 2000, l’attaccante è il miglior marcatore della squadra portoghese. Piace a diversi club di Premier League che lo seguono da vicino. #WHUFC #THFC @tvdellosport

— Gianluigi Longari (@Glongari) November 21, 2021

Vitinha could be what David Moyes needs.

So far this season, the Portuguese Under-21 international has made one appearance in the Europa League and four league appearances for Braga.

The rest of his games have been in the various cup competitions.

However, his senior record for Braga is ridiculous as he has scored eight goals in just 11 matches, so you can see why the Hammers and others are keen.

He was barely in the first-team squad at the start of the season, but he has now played in four of the last five league games, so he appears to be gaining more and more first-team experience.

West Ham only have one first-team striker in Michail Antonio, so a player like Vitinha could be the ideal foil for the 31-year-old.

Given his lack of senior appearances, you would think that he could be happy to play the role as a bench striker if the Irons sign him in January or even next summer.

So, we will be watching this deal carefully in January, and it will be intriguing to see what the Irons decide to do.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have lined up a move another striker in January.

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