West Ham United’s move for Brazil international Bernard may not quite be done just yet, according to fansite Claret & Hugh.
The forward is available on a free transfer after leaving Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of last season.
Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla reported back in June that the deal was off, with the 25-year-old ready to snub the Hammers in favour of a big-money switch to the Chinese Super League.
However, it now seems that it could still be on the table, with the West Ham hierarchy considering a large contract offer for Bernard as they look to fill the hole left by the long-term injury sustained to Manuel Lanzini.
The Argentina international was named in his country’s squad for the World Cup earlier this summer, but was cruelly forced to withdraw with a knee injury that looks set to keep him out for the majority, if not all, of the coming campaign.
Touted as a potential future star in his youth, Bernard has not quite hit the heights expected of him in his career to date, and the fact that he has remained in the Ukraine for the entirety of his time in Europe is perhaps evidence of that.
Nonetheless, he enjoyed a decent 2017-18 term with Shakhtar, scoring 10 goals across 29 games in all competitions, and manager Manuel Pellegrini would likely be encouraged by his ability to play across the front line and in behind a central striker.
West Ham, though, are also thought to be in the running to land Arsenal’s Lucas Perez and a move for the Gunners outcast would likely put an end to the Bernard saga.
With a new man in the dugout and a host of fresh faces amongst the playing staff, optimism is high at the London Stadium ahead of the Premier League opener away at Liverpool on Sunday.