West Ham United have been named as potential suitors for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.
According to Spanish publication Sport, the Hammers are keen on the two-cap Brazil international, who only has a year remaining on his contract at the Nou Camp.
Rafinha is one of several current Barca first-teamers to have been deemed surplus to requirements, and the club are after a fee of around £15 million – although Sport say that figure could easily be negotiated down.
Rafinha has been with Barca since the age of 13, but has had a hard time trying to establish himself in the starting XI since gaining promotion to the first-team.
Now 27, Rafinha has only made 90 appearances for Barca, and it could well be that he feels it is time for a new challenge.
West Ham lost their Premier League opener to 2-0 Newcastle United, and the need for reinforcements is clear.
TBR’s View – Rafinha can be good business
There’s an opportunity here for West Ham to get themselves a bargain with Rafinha.
The fact he only has a year left on his contract is enticing, and he could really give new life to the attacking midfield position, which David Moyes has used Mark Noble in in recent times.
Of course, West Ham badly need defensive reinforcements, but a potentially cheap deal for Rafinha could be well worth looking at as well.