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West Ham United To Rival Benfica And Atalanta For Liga NOS Forward: Right Choice For Moyes?

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In a recent report, Record has claimed that West Ham United are set to rival Benfica and Atalanta for Portimonense forward Beto in this off-season. It is believed that the Hammers have launched an inquiry to bring the Portuguese striker to the London Stadium during the summer transfer window (via Record).

Beto’s Season Of Mixed Emotions In Portuguese Football

The 23-year-old is having an up and down season in Portuguese football but deserves credit for putting in a series of productive displays as the focal point of Paulo Sérgio’s attack. Beto has participated in 27 matches for the Portuguese giants this term, scoring 11 goals and securing three assists in multiple competitions.

The Lisboa-born sensation has struggled to be consistent with his offensive contributions as he is averaging 2.1 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Liga NOS this season. He also needs to be more careful when distributing the ball in the opposition half after making 62% of his attempted passes in the Portuguese top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Beto has shown some promising signs with his performances this season, so it is no surprise that West Ham are showing interest in securing his services this summer. David Moyes is in dire need of a capable backup for Michail Antonio, so the Portimonense star fits the bill perfectly as he could be nurtured into a top talent in the future.

West Ham United to rival Benfica and Atalanta for Beto who is seen in the photo
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Will Beto Be The Right Choice For West Ham?

Beto can use his strong 1.94m frame to outmuscle the opposition and hold the ball up for his team. He is a big goal-threat from set-pieces as he scores his fair share of goals via headers. The Portuguese marksman can strike the ball with power and accuracy. However, he needs to be more clinical in the final third if he intends to take his game to another level.

Even then, Beto has the makings of a top goal-getter, so West Ham will do well to bring him to the English capital this summer. He will undoubtedly be a capable deputy to Michail Antonio and could even add some serious competition for the Hammers centre-forward next season.

At 24, Beto is about to enter the prime years of his playing career, so Moyes can expect to make the most out of his services if he can figure out a way to get a deal done for him during the summer transfer period. All in all, the Portuguese frontman will be a decent choice for the East London outfit to consider before the start of the new campaign as they can reap the benefits of having him in the long run.

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