West Ham are confident of beating Chelsea and AC Milan in the race to sign Brazilian winger Bernard, according to reports.
Bernard, 25, is a free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk this summer. It was reported yesterday that Chelsea are considering him as a replacement for Willian, should his compatriot leave Stamford Bridge.
However, The Guardian claims that West Ham have revived their own interest in Bernard after learning he could be persuaded to lower his wage demands, which previously stood at £200,000-per-week.
Having already added Felipe Anderson from Lazio and Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund, Manuel Pellegrini is still looking for attacking options, and his side are attracted by the opportunity to sign Bernard on a free.
Italian giants AC Milan are also looking at the player amid fears they will lose Suso, but they may not be able to meet his wage demands in a time of Financial Fair Play scrutiny.