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West Ham close in on £14 million deal for 47-goal Manchester City forward



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Manchester City and West Ham United have reached a verbal agreement for teenager Carlos Borges to move to the London Stadium.

The 19-year-old will become the latest summer sale from the City Football Academy, with Manchester City having already received sizeable fees for James Trafford and Shea Charles.

Borges, who has never made a competitive first-team appearances for Manchester City, was named the Premier League 2 Player of the Year last season, after being directly involved in 32 goals in 24 matches.

Across all competitions, the teenager concluded the campaign with 47 direct goal involvements – scoring 29 goals and registering 18 assists.

The winger is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium in 2024 and has been subject to transfer interest from a number of clubs from across England and Europe, with Borussia Dortmund and Nottingham Forest both previously mooted.

However, West Ham United, who have just received a record-breaking £105 million for Declan Rice, look to have won the race for the 19-year-olds signature, as David Moyes prepares to bolster his attacking options.

The Hammers famously won the Europa Conference League last month, and as a result, will be competing in the UEFA Europa League next season.

The east London club are looking to strengthen their squad, and according to Fabrizio Romano, the Hammers have reached a verbal agreement with Manchester City to sign Borges for around £14 million.

The teenager will move to the London Stadium on a permanent deal, with City set to insert a buy-back option into the contract of the Portugal U19 international.

Final details surrounding the deal are currently being finalised, with West Ham having recently been in Australia, as part of pre-season.

Borges featured in a friendly against Girona for the Manchester City first-team in December, as part of preparations for the resumption of the Premier League following the FIFA World Cup.

The teenager also scored four goals in three EFL trophy appearances last season, a competition which sees Premier League 2 teams play against clubs from League One and League Two.