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Hammers eyeing Lingard alternative after big blow

West Brom star Matheus Pereira is emerging as West Ham’s Jesse Lingard alternative.

Lingard is looking more and more unlikely to move to the Hammers as his father conducts negotiations with Manchester United.

The pair are both big Manchester United fans and Lingard is being reported as being keen to stay at Old Trafford.

If he does move, we’re told that there is interest from abroad and as a result, Pereira is seen as a player with a similar profile to Lingard.

The first approach has been made and the two clubs are talking, but negotiations have not gone very far  at this stage.

Moyes regularly changes his mind on transfer targets but he is keen on Pereira, who impressed in a West Brom team that was relegated to the Championship.

The Brazilian scored 11 goals in 33 games in the Premier League and also laid on six assists, and he can play in a variety of positions, with the ability to feature on either wing or in attacking midfield, much like Lingard.

A number of other Premier League clubs have been linked with Pereira but the Irons have money to spend on Moyes’ priority position.

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16 comments on “Hammers eyeing Lingard alternative after big blow

  1. If there is real substance to this story it is excellent news as Pereira had an outstanding, and consistent, season and ran the midfield when West Brom played us. He is creative, scores goal and is a set-piece specialist. What more could you ask for? Time to go for a double deal witj Sam Johnstone?

  2. No rush ah .

  3. His the Guy we should get in ASAP. We have wasted enough time on the Lingard saga. Pereira is an exciting creative player.11 Goals and 6 assists in a poor team is some going in 33 games. I really like him. Come on Moysie get this one over the line.

  4. As a baggie I can say that Periera is genuine quality but will not come cheap, would by far prefer you took Sam Johnstone who is a really good reactive stopper but has no command of his area / presence

  5. Please sign Perriera – too much time messing around with Lingard . It’s embarrassing and unbecoming of our club .
    Perriera is 3 years younger and I believe on the evidence of last season would be a far more consistent player than Lingard .

  6. Lingard’s ship has sailed, he’s made his position clear. Personally I feel Periera looks a better bet and would suit us down to the ground.

  7. Not sure if this is the case, but I have heard a deal could be done involving money still owed to us from the Diangana sale. Maybe Hugh or Sean could cast some light on this?
    As I said before, Parreira would be a great signing.

  8. Blessing in disguise us not getting Lingard, without that point to prove after the impressive few games he went right off the boil … for the money i would rather Pereira who was consistently good all season , is younger and cheaper and would increase in value if he puts in the same level of performance’s for us ….

    • I thought the same the last few games Aykay it was certainly a question mark and he is Utd thru and thru, I like Pereira if we can get him, imho not as naturally talented as Lingard but a very solid player with high quality and he gives us more threat at free kicks which with our team that live a headed goal should result in more goals, we will need to replace Lingard’s pace in the team he was excellent in transition from defence to attack so if we could pick up a forward like Sima from Slavia that would help COYI!!!

  9. Forget Lingard the romance is over if he really wanted to play football week in week out he would have indicated he wanted come back.Manure have signed a few more players that would make it even harder for him to get a game there but he’ll get a new contract and be ‘comfortable’ there.His last 6 games weren’t that great anyway.Get someone who wants to play.

  10. At last the dithering moyes is waking up! Been saying for ages far better player than lingard who did well for us but tailed off towards end of loan and got caught out way too many times. COYI

  11. Frankly, I don’t pay attention to reports that are given birth in the minds of tabloid journalists, or their like. Until a player is photographed in the shirt there is no substance in the words written. As for Lingard, I still believe he will be playing for West Ham very soon.

  12. Well I think that the Lingard cameo is fast fading for us. He seems to want regular football, but with Man U. If he really prioritised us, surely he and his Dad would say so. Fair enough, but we need to move on – being a back stop alternative for JL is not where West Ham need to be.. need to get busy Mr Moyes!

  13. Yep would be a good signing if they payed up , but all we will get is talking and time-wasting until another club gets him …or we will put insulting offer in for him ….really suprised we hzvnt got one target yet…not long til it all kicks of again

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