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West Ham are planning a move for Red Bull Bragantino’s Brazilian defender Leo Ortiz for ‘£8million’

West Ham are planning a transfer for Brazilian defender Leo Ortiz from Red Bull Bragantino for around ‘£8million’… but they could face competition from Italian clubs

  • West Ham plans to move for Red Bull Bragantino defender Leo Ortiz
  • Central defender Ortiz, 26, has been a fixture in the Brazilian squad since last summer
  • However, he has yet to appear and hopes a move to Europe can change that
  • Ortiz is under contract until 2026 and has scored 164 goals, scoring nine times

West Ham are planning a transfer for Brazilian defender Léo Ortiz from Red Bull Bragantino.

The 26-year-old central defender has been a fixture in the Brazilian squad since the Copa America tournament last summer.

He has yet to make his international debut, but thinks a transfer to a major European competition could help his ambition to secure a place in Tite’s squad for the World Cup.

Leo Ortiz has made 164 appearances for Red Bull Bragantino since moving from Internacional in 2019

Leo Ortiz has made 164 appearances for Red Bull Bragantino since moving from Internacional in 2019

Ortiz captains Red Bull Bragantino

Ortiz captains Red Bull Bragantino

Ortiz is under contract with Bragantino until 2026, after signing an extension in March, but according to GloboEsporte.comthe Sao Paulo-based club is willing to sell for around £8 million.

There is also interest from Italy.

West Ham are currently gathering information about the player and are in talks with his agent, Paulo Pitombeira.

Ortiz is Bragantino’s captain and has been central to the club’s most recent achievements.

He played 164 games and scored nine goals since 2019, when he switched from Internacional.

Other stars of the club have already left for Europe, such as Claidinho, who left for Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg for £10.8 million in June 2021.

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