Report: West Ham make £18m bid for Bruno Fernandes

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal embraces team mate Bruno Fernandes  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi,...

West Ham United have reportedly made an £18 million bid to sign Bruno Fernandes with Manuel Pellegrini aware of other clubs' interest.

Bruno Fernandes of Portugal is challenged by Koke of Spain during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (01/07; page 60), West Ham have made an £18 million bid to sign Bruno Fernandes to try and prevent other clubs poaching Manuel Pellegrini's target.

It has already been a busy summer for the Irons, with Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski all arriving to strengthen the spine of the side. 

Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of Manchester City looks on from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on May 8, 2016...

Pellegrini is, unsurprisingly, far from done it seems, as The Sun on Sunday (01/07; page 60) reports that he has given the green light for the Hammers to make an £18 million offer for the 23-year-old with the Chilean well aware that other clubs are also keeping a keen eye on the midfielder this summer.

It remains to be seen how Sporting respond to West Ham's bid, but it is fair to say that if Pellegrini can get him through the London Stadium door, it would arguably be a superb piece of business from the Irons.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal embraces team mate Bruno Fernandes  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi,...

Fernandes scored 11 goals and provided eight assists in the Portuguese top flight last term, and also contributed three goals and three assists in six Europa League fixtures. His form earned him a spot in Portugal's World Cup squad and he started their opening game against Spain.

With Manuel Lanzini out with a long-term injury, Pellegrini is making a wise move targeting a creative midfielder who looks particularly dangerous when used in an advanced role. And if West Ham can get something done, it would arguably be their most exciting deal yet this summer.

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