Matheus Pereira is likely to be sold this summer by West Brom as the Brazillian made it very clear that he can certainly cut it in the Premier League, and former Premier League defender Steve Howey believes that he could be a good alternative for West Ham if they fail to land Jesse Lingard.
David Moyes has made it very clear that Lingard will be his number one priority signing this summer but after the England international impressed in the second half of the season, the Hammers are unlikely to be the only potential suitor.
Pereira certainly earned his stripes this season after making the step up into the Premier League seamlessly. The attacker finished the season as the Baggies’ top scorer with 11 goals, which put him ahead of players such as Timo Werner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling.
West Ham fans will be desperate for the club to pay Manchester United whatever they’re demanding for Lingard to keep him at the London Stadium, however Howey believes that Pereira could be a good alternative if he are unable to do a deal, telling Football FanCast exclusively:
“Yeah, I think he would cost a lot less than Jesse Lingard and would want a lot less in wages, so he’s certainly an option for them.”
Lingard was a driving force behind the Hammers being able to qualify for the Europa League this season as he netted a very impressive nine goals and registered five assists despite not starting a single league game until February.
If West Ham are going to compete at the right end of the table again next season as well as in Europe, Moyes will know that he must improve not just his starting lineup but also his entire squad so they can cope with the added fixtures.