West Ham United have been linked with moves for relegated West Bromwich Albion duo Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira.
West Ham have secured group stage Europa League football for the first time off the back of finishing sixth with their record Premier League points total.
And that means David Moyes must beef up his Hammers squad in key areas this summer.
Moyes to be given £85m to spend with a striker, Lingard and new goalkeeper top of his priorities?
West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh – who have direct links to owners David Sullivan and David Gold – have stated that Moyes will be given £85 million to spend.
The key priorities will be at least one striker, a central midfielder, a goalkeeper and Jesse Lingard.
Lukasz Fabianski has suffered injury issues and turns 37 next season. There are doubts over Darren Randolph as a top level ‘keeper – and he also turns 35 next term.
David Martin looks set to be released as his contract expires too.
Insider ExWHUemployee delivers update on West Ham interest in relegated West Brom duo
West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for West Brom star and England international Sam Johnstone.
And Moyes is also said to be interested in his Baggies teammate Pereira as a possible alternative to Lingard – whose future remains uncertain.
When West Ham fans want information over transfers they often turn to insider ExWHUemployee.
And the anonymous source delivered an update on Moyes’s interest in Johnstone and Pereira when speaking on the latest The West Ham Way podcast.
“Johnstone, the West Brom ‘keeper, and Pereira (are in the mix),” Ex said on The West Ham Way podcast.
“I don’t think we’d sign Lingard and Pereira but if we don’t (sign Lingard), he’s definitely an alternative that we like…
“I think (Tammy) Abraham and Lingard would be the top two targets and possibly Johnstone the ‘keeper and we’d pretty much blow the budget on those three you’d think if all goes to plan.”
Pereira a fine alternative to Lingard and Johnstone a potential number one for the next seven years
Pereira was the star of West Brom’s season scoring 12 goals and providing six assists.
He would certainly make a capable alternative to Lingard.
But compared to Pereira, the Man United loan star notched nine goals and four assists in half the number of games.
Although there is an argument that Pereira’s numbers would be improved further by playing in a better side like West Ham.
Johnstone looks set to be in England’s squad for the Euros this summer so West Ham will be keen to get a deal tied up before then.
At 28, Johnstone could feasibly be West Ham’s number one for the next seven years.