West Ham United could be about to return to South America to end their search for reinforcements up front, with reports linking the club with a move for Paraguayan winger Angel Romero.

The 26-year-old, who can also play as a striker, has spent the past four years with Corinthians where he has scored 23 times in 127 games in all competitions.

Renowned as a player with creativity, Romero has also assisted a further 13 goals since making the move to Brazil in 2014.

Prior to that he bagged an impressive 19 goals in 57 games for boyhood club Cerro Porteño in his native Paraguay, also netting twice in 14 caps for his country.

New Hammers director of football Mario Husillos has already deployed his range of contacts to good effect, rapidly transforming the West Ham squad under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Among the new additions in east London include Romero’s international and former club teammate Fabian Balbuena, who swapped the Brasileiro for the London Stadium earlier this month.

Having already sealed the deal for an out-and-out striker in Andriy Yarmolenko, it is unlikely West Ham see Romero as adding to a list of strikers that includes Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll, and the raw Jordan Hugill who looks likely to leave the club.

However with versatility that means he can play anywhere across the front three he would offer Pellegrini options, even if his goalscoring record may not immediately be eye-catching to Hammers observers.