Reported West Ham United and Southampton target Alberth Elis dreams of playing Premier League football, the father of the want-away Boavista forward has told La Prensa.
Ever since the report emerged linking the hard-running Honduran with a £9 million move to England, Elis has made it painfully clear, yes, he would be interested should an offer arrive.
Speaking last week, the former MLS favourite admitted that not only was he keen on the idea of playing in the Premier League, he plans to clear out his locker and walk away from Boavista this summer, just ten months after arriving from Houston Dynamo.
And, today, it was his father’s turn to pour fuel on the fire.
Is Alberth Elis heading to Southampton or West Ham?
“If (Southampton or West Ham) ask us, it is a joy for us. If they ask, it is because there’s interest,” Don Osman Elis explains.
“We could say, looking at his characteristics, yes (Alberth) can make it in (the Premier League).
“It may be he is close to fulfilling his dream because (in England) they have him in their sights.”
Tellingly, neither Elis Sr nor Elis Jr have had much to say about Celtic.
But would Elis be tempted by a move to Scotland?
Celtic, of course, can put the prospect of Champions League football on the table, not to mention the chance to follow in the footsteps of a bonafide Honduran legend in the shape of Emilio Izaguirre.
However, it seems the 6ft forward would rather ply his trade, week in, week out, south of the border instead.
A winger who can also play through the middle in a traditional centre-forward role, Elis produced an impressive eight goals and seven assists during his debut season in Portugal. However, a recent injury blow threatens his participation in the upcoming Gold Cup.
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