In light of a $51 development, West Ham United is now seeking a last-minute agreement for Pedro of Flamengo.
According to The Daily Mirror, West Ham has focused on Flamengo forward Pedro, who is valued at $51 million.
The publication reported on page 52 of its print edition on August 31 that the Hammers are considering a move for the Brazilian international after failing in their attempt to recruit his compatriot Yuri Alberto from Corinthians.
Tim Steidten, the technical director of the Irons, is currently in Brazil in an effort to sign a new forward. The 26-year-old’s acquisition is now a top priority for the German.
Get it done
As West Ham looks to add a new forward before the transfer deadline on Friday (1 September), time is swiftly running out.
After Sky Sports reported on its live transfer feed on August 29 (11:04am) that it would be “problematic” to complete a transfer for the 22-year-old due to the amount of representatives and intermediaries involved, it is not surprising that a deal for Alberto has fallen through.
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Steidten is probably already assessing the situation to determine whether it is feasible to make the move for Pedro within the next 36 hours. The move for Pedro should, ideally, be more uncomplicated.
The Brazilian, who has made six appearances for his country since being named to the World Cup team last year, has a £51 million release clause, but the Mirror claims the Hammers are seeking to spend “much less” than that to get him.
The forward has a great record with Flamengo, having scored 94 goals in 197 games for the Rio de Janeiro-based club, suggesting he might be a hit in East London if he can adjust to the Premier League.