By Nick Ware

21st Jul, 2021 | 6:40am

West Ham have held talks with representatives of West Brom attacker Matheus Pereira

West Ham have held discussions with the representatives of West Brom star Matheus Pereira, according to Express Sport journalist Ryan Taylor.

Writing on his personal Twitter profile, Taylor claims “talks have been held” between the parties, with Leicester City and RB Leipzig seemingly out the race after failing to follow up on their initial interest.

West Ham look to have stepped up their pursuit after finding difficulties in bringing their 2020/21 loan star Jesse Lingard back to the club from Manchester United.

However, according to ESPN, West Brom slapped a £30million price tag on Pereira after Emiliano Buendia moved to Aston Villa last month, £10million more than their initial quotes.

ESPN also claim that the club closest to meeting Albion’s demands are German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, though the Brazilian would prefer to stay in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace are also credited with an interest in the 25-year-old.

Bidding war?

There still looks to be plenty of interest in Pereira, and thus we should be able to hold out for what we are asking for, or at least a sum near that.

It’s also interesting to hear that our price demands changed once Buendia moved to Villa – that’s exactly how it should be. The market should dictate how much a player is worth, and we have to act accordingly.

There’s still a debate to be had as to whether Pereira’s price is still too low – is he really worth less than Buendia? – but £30million would be a significant fee if we could sell him at that.

West Ham look to have stepped up their interest in him, and that may force other clubs into action.

Frankfurt look to have come the closest to meeting the valuation, but Pereira’s preference of the Premier League could swing the pendulum in West Ham’s favour.

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