By Dean White

22nd Jul, 2021 | 8:18am

West Ham approach West Brom over Matheus Pereira

West Ham have approached West Brom with an enquiry about attacker Matheus Pereira, according to ExWHUemployee.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning, the super-reliable Hammers source reported that the Irons are interested, have asked about a fee but have not yet reached an agreement with the Baggies.

The Express & Star reports West Brom want around £30million for the 25-year-old Brazilian playmaker.

Better signing than Lingard?

Here us out on this one.

Jesse Lingard was superb for West Ham last season after David Moyes signed him on loan from Manchester United in January.

The England international ended up scoring nine goals and supplying five assists in 16 matches for the Irons to help them qualify for the Europa League.

However, we have seen in his career how Lingard can show a spark and then totally disappear and towards the end of his loan spell at the London Stadium, he did start to fade a bit.

Lingard will turn 29-years-of-age in December whereas Pereira has only just turned 25.

He also shone for West Brom last season, even though they were relegated from the Premier League as he managed 11 goals and six assists in 33 league appearances.

Leon Osman, speaking on BBC 5 Live on May 19, hailed Pereira’s set-piece taking ability as “wonderful”. Imagine what his delivery could do with players like Craig Dawson, Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio in the box.

If West Ham can get Pereira in for around £20million – which is potentially a fee West Brom would accept – then it could be a far better deal than a £30million swoop for Lingard.

Pereira could have resale value and from what we’ve seen of him in his first two years in English football, he’s definitely going to get better if he’s surrounded by better players and is managed by Moyes.

In other West Ham news, Jim White has shared what he’s been told about the potential takeover at the club.

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