Report: West Ham ready to rival Sunderland in bid for QPR midfielder Leroy Fer

Slaven Bilic

West Ham are reportedly competing with Sunderland for the signature of QPR's Leroy Fer.

According to Sky Sports, West Ham could make a move to hijack Sunderland's bid for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Leroy Fer.

Fer, 25, joined QPR from Norwich City last summer, and despite hitting six goals in 29 Premier League appearances, the Dutch international couldn't keep the R's in the top flight.

Now, the former Feyenoord and Twente star will be looking for an immediate return to the Premier League, and reports from the Sunderland Echo suggested that Fer could be closing in on a move to Sunderland in the coming days.

However, Sky Sports now suggest that Sunderland are being rivalled for Fer's signature, with West Ham lining up a late swoop to take him to East London.

Slaven Bilic's side may have brought in midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria earlier this summer, but it seems that the Croatian still wants another athletic midfielder having seen last season's loan star Alex Song return to Barcelona at the end of last term.

Fer, who stands at 6ft 2in tall, has proven himself to be an athletic midfielder with pace and power in the middle of the park, and he has the ability to get forward and score goals too.

With both Sunderland and West Ham looking for midfield options, Fer would be a wise move for either side, at the right price, as QPR attempt to balance the books.

Having suffered successive relegations with Norwich and QPR, Fer has a lot to prove as a Premier League player - but a move to a more ambitious side could see him thrive.

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