By Harvey Byrne
West Ham jetted out on a scouting mission at the weekend to watch Porto’s midfield enforcer Danilo Pereira face Rio Ave on Sunday, according to a report.
Independent Hammers news website Claret and Hugh has claimed that the east Londoners flew out to Portugal to watch the 26-year-old as he helped the Euro giants run out a 2-1 victory.
It is said that West Ham themselves were linked with a move for Pereira, who is a similar player to William Carvalho back in August with the Hammers also heavily linked with the Sporting Lisbon man.
It is also detailed that Pereira would come at less of a cost than Carvalho and that the former could come into the frame of Slaven Bilic’s side in either winter or summer windows.
Pereira has been a part of the Porto team for two years now after joining from Martimo in the summer of 2015.
He has played 92 times in total for the club, while also being capped 22 times for the Portuguese international team.
Football Insider verdict:
After West Ham’s start it is clear that the club are crying out for a midfielder such as Pereira or Carvalho and that the Hammers may now regret not adding to their ranks this summer. The club have especially struggled with Mark Noble in their team and if the Englishman is not improved upon then the club may find themselves in further trouble. A player such as Pereira would certainly help West Ham move up the table and his class would be a welcomed addition to the Hammers line-up.
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