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If West Ham miss out on Pereira to Al-Hilal it would be a blessing in disguise - opinion
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If West Ham miss out on Pereira to Al-Hilal it would be a blessing in disguise - opinion

West Ham and Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal are believed to both be interested in signing Matheus Pereira from West Brom this summer (The Sun).

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Many Hammers fans are pleading with GSB and David Moyes to get a deal over the line for the 25-year-old.

He will cost around £22 million this summer according to The Sun.

Pereira was superb for West Brom last season. He bagged 11 goals and six assists for a team that got relegated from the Premier League.

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Those are some mighty impressive numbers and it’s little wonder why the West Ham fans are so desperate for Moyes to sign him.

We would be more than happy if Pereira arrived at the London Stadium this summer.

If the Brazilian chooses Al Hilal over us, however, should we really be that disappointed?

There’s a real argument to be made that we shouldn’t be whatsoever.

West Ham missing out on Pereira to Al-Hilal would be a blessing in disguise

This is obviously all hypothetical because the Baggies play-maker has not yet made a decision.

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But if he does choose to move to Saudi Arabia, it may well be a blessing in disguise for the Hammers.

Moving for money rather than the chance to compete for major honours in Europe would be a huge clue as to where Pereira’s priorities lie.

It would hint towards an attitude of someone who you really wouldn’t want to be standing next to in the tunnel ahead of a tough away game.

If the Brazilian does choose to join West Ham then we will know he’s doing it for the right reasons.

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Let’s not worry too much if he moves to Al Hilal though. As good a player as he undoubtedly is, the decision to join a club in Saudi Arabia would say a lot about him as a footballer and a human being.