West Ham offer £9.5m for reported Manchester United target - should van Gaal hijack the bid?

West Ham United have reportedly submitted a £12m bid for Yevhen Konoplyanka - can Manchester United hijack the bid?

Van Gaal, 62, is currently in Brazil with the Netherlands as they look to win their first World Cup, but the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss will take the reins at Old Trafford once the tournament is over. He's already got to work on improving the squad, signing Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera for a combined £60m.

More arrivals are expected this summer as van Gaal looks to erase the memory of the ill-fated David Moyes era, and fans are certainly expecting him to bring in at least one winger to this summer, with the likes of Memphis Depay of PSV Eindhoven and Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado strongly linked.

Yet at the start of June, it was Ukrainian international Konoplyanka who was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, as van Gaal was allegedly lining up a £12m swoop for the 24-year-old winger. The likes of Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have all struggled over the past two seasons, and at least one of them will be sold this summer to make way for new blood.

A talented winger with exceptional dribbling ability and a devastating shot when cutting inside on his right foot, Konoplyanka became highly rated after his displays for Ukraine against England put him in the spotlight, and both Liverpool and Spurs were linked with January moves to sign him.

That's what makes West Ham's pursuit of him so surprising. In the we've been able to see him either with Ukraine or with his club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Konoplyanka has looked like a top player, capable of playing in the top six of the Premier League - not a West Ham side who are searching for a new identity under Sam Allardyce.

Their opening £8.5m offer was reportedly rejected by Dnipro, who will hold out for the full £12m stated in Konoplyanka's release clause. United may have set their sights on other wingers like Angel di Maria and the aforementioned Depay and Cuadrado, but none of them would offer the value for money than Konoplyanka does. At this price, van Gaal would be silly to ignore the possibility of landing Konoplyanka, and there is surely no way that the Ukrainian would turn down the Red Devils in order to move to Upton Park.

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