Liverpool, Arsenal, West Ham pass up on free-transfer No 10

Liverpool and Arsenal both made enquiries about departing Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Bernard, according to a report.

Last month the 25-year-old confirmed he would be leaving Russia when his contract expired at the end of the month.

And according to UOL Esporte in Brazil, Arsenal and Liverpool both asked about potentially signing Bernard on a free transfer, but chose not to make him an offer.

The diminutive playmaker is now apparently left with two options – either a move to West Ham or a switch to China with Jiangsu Suning.

Bernard, who moved to Ukraine in 2013, was believed to be hoping to a better offer after five successful seasons at the club, winning nine trophies with them during that time.

Bernard has often been linked with a move to a more competitive league, and confirmed in March that he wanted to “play for a bigger club.”

The winger scored 10 goals in all competitions last season as Shakhtar won the Ukrainian domestic treble and reached the Last 16 of the Champions League. One of those goals came in the 2-1 Group Stage win against Manchester City.