Two days ago, Portuguese newspaper Record had an article on the future of FC Porto player Yacine Brahimi.

The Algerian has been linked with a big money move away from the club on several occasions, reportedly coming close to the exit more than once, but now there’s a realistic prospect he could leave for nothing.

Record said West Ham had offered €30m during the summer transfer window, and Porto let Brahimi decide what to do. He wanted to stay, and it was stated the Portuguese club aren’t keen on a January move… which doesn’t make a great deal of sense.

When the player was signed from Granada in 2014, the deal was part funded by football investment firm Doyen, on the understanding they’d get a big percentage of his next transfer fee. They protected themselves against a free exit by putting a clause in the deal meaning Porto must pay €6.5m if Brahimi leaves for free.

Sunday’s edition of A Bola again insists upon West Ham interest, this time it still being there, and Newcastle United also get a mention as they often do.

Lazio are the club most linked right now, but that’s simply a rumour growing the more it’s covered. For all interested parties a transfer is getting increasingly easier and Brahimi can sign a pre-contract agreement from January onwards.