According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla on his official website, West Ham United have opened talks to sign Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Bernard, who is a soon-to-be free agent worth £14.4m according to Transfermarkt, and West Ham fans have been quick to react to the rumour.
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to strengthen his squad this summer to ensure they don’t flirt with relegation next term and instead aim for Europa League qualification, and Alfredo Pedula suggests that as well as signing Felipe Anderson from Lazio in a big-money move, he also wants his Brazilian compatriot for nothing with his contract due to expire at the end of this month.
The 25-year-old left-sided player would likely replace Manuel Lanzini after the Argentine was ruled out for the entire 2018/19 campaign, and with 10 goals and four assists last term he certainly has the ability to do exactly that.
West Ham supporters, who have urged their club to sign a 25-year-old attacking World Cup ace, took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said “I’d take him over Anderson all day”, another said “Bernard excites me more than Felipe Anderson”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Put him in my free transfer column a while back! I think he’d be a better move than Anderson, given that we’d save £ for a big CM bid like Seri!
His wages may be an issue & he’s had a nasty injury this season but him & Bamba in with a player like RLC on loan would be brilliant!
— Steven McCarthy 🅥 (@StevenMcCarthy9) June 25, 2018
mate id take him over Anderson all day …
— Don Raphael (@Reeko007) June 25, 2018
Quality player on a free. No brainer
— Anthony (@terryant94) June 25, 2018
My Bernard tweet helped then 😏
On a free no brainer give him a big signing on fee to join
— R. Jones (@RockyWhu) June 25, 2018
Bernard excites me more than Felipe Anderson tbh
— Mr B0N3Z (@MR_B0N3Z) June 25, 2018
Now that is interesting with Bernard he is a stunning player. Probably not going to happen as sure there are plenty Europa & UCL teams who would be after him, but need to act quick to pull this off
— Mike Hare (@mhare641) June 25, 2018
Yes love this link actually thought Bernard would be LW w Anderson in AM bc played that & SS most of season but either way so happy to see Bernard be saying he’d be perfect fit for Pellegrini & on a free.. Be very good buy
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) June 25, 2018
Bernard is really good, could be a perfect replacement for Lanzini.
— Wolf Nine (@Wolf_Nine9) June 25, 2018