With the club set to return from its South American pre-season tour, West Ham could have a deal wrapped up by Thursday.
West Ham United are looking to make a statement with the signing of Porto winger Silvestre Varela.
The Portuguese international could make the switch to Upton Park for for just £6.5m, after Porto rejected a £5m bid from Turkish side Besiktas JK.
West Ham have been further encouraged, with the Daily Mail quoting Varela as saying, “To be linked with a club who value me is a good sign. It is pleasing to hear that.”
28-year-old Varela has had a fantastic career at Porto, winning the league for the last three seasons in the row, the Portuguese Cup twice, the Portuguese Supercup the last five seasons running and the Europa League.
Premier League fans may best recognise Varela from Euro 2012 when he played for Portugal, scoring against Denmark in the process.
West Ham have already secured the signings of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing from Liverpool this summer, and seem to still be searching for offensive reinforcements.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is fully behind the move, saying ‘We need goal scorers, not defenders’.