West Ham are looking to take Andreas Pereira on loan from Manchester United during next month’s transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror.
They report that the Brazilian has become so discontented with life at Old Trafford that he has turned down the club’s offer of a new three-year contract.
His current deal runs out this year, but with United apparently set to trigger a one-year option, they will be in a position to sanction a January loan deal; but may be looking to sell him during the summer in order to avoid the prospect of losing him for nothing at the end of next season.
West Ham’s London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea are also both reportedly keen on the Brazilian playmaker, but Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that the offer of increased gametime will convince him to opt for a switch to the London Stadium.
The Hammers are playing with a style and consistency not seen for a number of years, but that good form is coming in spite of an injury crisis that has robbed Pellegrini of many of his creative influences.
Pereira could help to remedy that; he is versatile enough to play wide on either side, as a number 10 or as a deep playmaker.
Fellow Brazilian Felipe Anderson would be ideal mentor for a player who must be keen to show what he can do in the Premier League after being kept in the cold by Jose Mourinho this season.