Report: West Ham and Leicester going head-to-head for £34m-rated striker

Premier League sides West Ham United and Leicester have both been linked with a move for in-form FC Porto forward Moussa Marega.

The Mali international has impressed for the Liga NOS side, racking up 17 goals and 10 assists in 34 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

The report is according to Portuguese publication Correio da Manha, who claim that the Hammers and the Foxes are keen on a possible move for Marega.

The 27-year-old, who has been persistently linked with a move to the Premier League, is under contract with the Portuguese side until 2021 and has a £34million release clause.

Said release clause won’t be a problem for either Premier League teams, however, and it would actually represent decent value for money in today’s day and age.

Marega, having performed and proven himself at the highest stage in Europe, could be ideal for the both West Ham United and Leicester City, with the two club lacking quality options in attack.

Marega revealed his desire to play in the Premier League last year.

He told SFR Sport:

“For me, I think this is perhaps the best time to try my luck elsewhere, to live a new experience, to know a new championship, the Premier League, for example.

“And it hurts me to say that because I am very attached to this club, to its supporters who give me a lot.

“I like this championship for a long time. At the same time, who does not like the Premier League. It’s a very big league, with very big players.

“It’s flattering when clubs are interested in you, but I have always dreamed of playing there. I want to be happy, with my family, in a championship that I love.”

Whether he will finally make the long-awaited move to the Premier League this summer, however, remains to be seen.

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