Almeida aware of rumours

Portuguese forward flattered by interest from Italy and Spain

Almeida: Has welcomed interest

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Hugo Almeida is delighted to hear that Lazio and Real Madrid are monitoring his situation at Werder Bremen.

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The Portugal international has spent the last three years in Germany, establishing a reputation as a regular source of goals during that time.

Powerfully built and good in the air, the 26-year-old is also regarded as one of Europe's top target men, marking him out as a useful addition to any side.

Reports continue to suggest that interest in his services is growing by the day, with clubs across the continent keen to bring him on board before the window slams shut.

Serie A outfit Lazio and Primera Liga giants Real are believed to be leading the race for his signature and Almeida admits it is difficult not to pay attention to such reports.

"I know there is interest in me from Lazio," he told Corriere dello Sport.

"They are a great club and would be fantastic for me.

Pride

"It is a team made up of very important players and I would love to play in Italy, especially in Rome.

"I will talk with my agent but until then I cannot say any more.

"Real Madrid? They are a club that anyone would love to play for.

"There have been rumours in the papers and I am proud about that.

"(Jose) Mourinho was one of the most important coaches in my career, as when I was 17 he took me out of the youth team and put me in the Porto first team.

"He's a great coach and I have a lot to thank him for. He allowed me to make a leap forward. The success he has achieved speaks for itself, he is a born winner."