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Bernard should not be a priority for West Ham in this transfer window

Bernard should not be a priority for West Ham in this transfer window

West Ham have signed Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Fabian Balbuena and Ryan Fredericks this summer, but Manuel Pellegrini’s work in the transfer window does not look finished yet.

Another midfielder could still be brought in ahead of deadline day with Cheikhou Kouyate having recently been sold to Crystal Palace, while West Ham continue to be linked with a move for a new striker.

As well as up front, though, the Hammers may attempt to strengthen the positions behind the striker even further.

The Breakdown

Pellegrini has already added both Anderson and Yarmolenko to his squad to improve his attack but, according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, the former Manchester City boss is keen to see Brazilian Bernard arrive at the London Stadium before the transfer window closes.

Bernard, who is valued at £14.4m by Transfermarkt, is a free agent following the expiration of his contract at Shakhtar Donetsk last month and is attracting interest from a host of clubs in Europe.

Bernard has probably not reached the heights expected of him since arriving in Ukraine from Brazil, but the 25-year-old is still a very skilful and tricky player that still has time to reach his potential, although West Ham may not be the place for him to do so.

On top of summer acquisitions Anderson and Yarmolenko, the Hammers also have Marko Arnautovic, Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini once he returns from injury to call upon.

Bernard, however, with the ability he possesses, may fancy his chances. But from a West Ham point of view, while the Brazil international would undoubtedly be a good signing, the club’s priority for the remainder of the transfer window should be elsewhere.

West Ham could do with at least one more face arriving at the London Stadium before the return of the Premier League, but Bernard should not be the first name on their list.

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