Manchester City are being linked with a January move for Gil Vicente centre-back Pecks.
The 20-year-old Cape Verde international is already being monitored by Tottenham and Newcastle.
Now City’s scouts have recommended the youngster to manager Manuel Pellegrini after he impressed playing for his Portuguese club. And they have jumped to the front of the queue because they have a partnership arrangement with Gil Vicente.
The £5m-rated defender is tall and a strong tackler. He had already been compared to City skipper Vincent Kompany, and Pellegrini sees him vying for a first-team spot with the Belgian immediately.
He is expected to be one of City’s first targets when the transfer window reopens.