West Ham United had an official in attendance on Saturday as FC Porto beat Gil Vicente 2-1, reports Sunday’s edition of A Bola.

According to the Portuguese newspaper, the Hammers were among multiple clubs who sent their spies to Porto to work ahead of the January transfer window, but there’s every possibility the plans are more long term.

Towards the end of the summer window, West Ham were linked with Goncalo Borges. At the time it was reported Porto would only require around €15m to let go of the 22-year-old winger.

Brought on as a substitute yesterday, he got 20 minutes but was unable to have an impact.

A Bola ratings have goalkeeper Diogo Costa and left-back Wendell as the best Porto performers, with both getting 8/10.

Another option for West Ham would be Mehdi Taremi.

He turned 31-years-of-age in July but would be a very interesting option, especially given his contract expires in June.

A move to AC Milan collapsed in the summer because the Rossoneri offered wages way below Taremi’s market value. He wasn’t desperate for a way out of Porto, and decided to stay where he is for the season.

Last season, Taremi played 51 matches, scoring an impressive 31 goals and adding 14 assists.

Also in attendance at the match were officials from Manchester United, Leicester City, Stoke City, Sevilla and Juventus.