West Ham United’s interest in West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matheus Pereira has already been confirmed in the media, and it is believed that West Ham has entered talks with the player regarding a move. There is also speculation that the Hammers may go in for Pereira’s teammate, Sam Johnstone, who has also been linked with a move to the East End.
Johnstone, 28, is expected to leave The Hawthorns this summer. He is one of two goalkeepers that has been strongly rumored to be amongst West Ham’s transfer targets, with the other name being PSG’s Alphonse Areola. Both goalkeepers are seen as upgrades on Łukasz Fabiański and Darren Randolph, especially because of the current injury records.
Two factors could help West Ham’s pursuit of Johnstone. The player is a client of Will Salthouse, an agent who represents some current players and has strong connections to David Sullivan. It is also believed that West Brom still owes money from the Grady Diangana transfer, and this could result in the fee for Johnstone being lowered.
Pereira has been one of West Brom’s standout players over the past two years. The 25-year-old Brazilian scored 11 goals in 33 games last season and netted in both fixtures against West Ham. He has been confirmed as the club’s number one target to play in midfield after the chances of signing Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal became slim. West Ham has begun talks to sign Pereira, with an Arabian club also in the mix to buy him.
A double deal for Johnstone and Pereira would be considered a strong business. This is because both could be signed for as much as a combined £30,000,000. A new goalkeeper and new attacking midfielder have been top of West Ham’s list for some time, and this West Brom duo would fit the bill perfectly.