Report: West Ham offer Bernard £6.2m signing-on bonus and £68k-a-week

Shakhtar's midfielder Bernard celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA European Champions League Group F football match between Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donesk in Rotterdam on October...

West Ham United are reportedly keen on signing the free agent.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Bernard (top) fights for the ball with Roma's Greek defender Kostas Manolas during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match...

According to a report from Portuguese media outlet O Jogo, West Ham have offered Brazilian star Bernard a lucrative offer, in an attempt to beat Benfica to his signature.

The 25-year-old is available on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk, having spent five years with the Ukrainian outfit.

Portuguese media outlet O Jogo claims that Benfica were leading the race for Bernard's signature, but the Hammers have gazumped the Primeira Liga outfit.

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They claim that West Ham have offered the Brazilian a signing on bonus of €7 million (£6.2 million) and a yearly salary of €4 million, which equates to roughly £68,000 per week.

Good signing for the Hammers?

Bernard of Shakhtar Donetsk breaks through to score his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk at Feijenoord Stadion on...

The simple answer to that question is yes.

The Brazilian ace is a real talent, and can operate on either wing.

He possesses exceptional technical ability, and would provide Manuel Pellegrini with an entirely different option out wide.

Bernard is also extensively experienced in playing at the very highest level, having spent five years playing in the Champions League with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Despite the reported hefty signing on fee, his availability on a free transfer would still make him a real coup for West Ham.

FC Shakhtar's Croatian defender Darijo Srna (2nd L) and Brazilian midfielder Bernard (L)  celebrate after a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between FC Shakhtar...

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