West Ham eye summer Bernard move

According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, West Ham United are interested in signing Brazilian attacker Bernard on a free transfer this summer.

What’s the story?

New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has already been busy in this summer’s transfer window, with Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks all arriving at the London Stadium.

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Pellegrini is also keen to improve his midfield, and has seen a bid for Fulham captain Tom Cairney rejected as the Hammers prepare to splash the cash this summer.

Signing quality in the final third of the field is also on the agenda, and according to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, the Hammers are interested in a deal for Bernard.

The 25-year-old scored 10 times in 29 appearances for Shakhtar Donetsk last season, but he will be available on a free transfer this summer with his contract running out at the end of June.

Pellegrini is believed to have had a look at Bernard when he was managing in the Chinese Super League, and the Chilean could now bring the attacker to the Premier League.

Should West Ham have a punt?

It is a bit of a no-brainer when considering that Bernard is available for free this summer, but there is no question that the attacker will want a healthy weekly pay packet.

Indeed, Bernard is a 15-time Brazil international, and has scored 28 goals and registered 35 assists in 157 appearances in all competitions for Shakhtar.

A number of clubs are sure to be in for Bernard this summer, but the chance to play in the Premier League will surely appeal.

Boasting the ability to create, score goals and dazzle in the final third of the field, the Brazilian, who won three Ukrainian titles with Shakhtar, has the potential to be a real crowd favourite at the London Stadium next term.

Much will depend on just how high Bernard’s wage demands are, but there is no question that West Ham should be having a serious look at this particular deal.