Date: 29th May 2019 at 9:45pm
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OPINION

West Ham should slam the brakes on their reported pursuit of Club Brugge forward Wesley Moraes ahead of the new Premier League season. 

It was reported by Calciomercato.com that the Hammers have made contact with the Belgian club over a potential move for the attacker, but may face Premier League competition from Newcastle, with Lazio also reportedly showing interest.

Although the London club will almost certainly be searching for attacking options as the summer transfer window continues, this move would not be the right move for Manuel Pellegrini going into next season.

The 22-year old has reportedly been eyed up for a potential summer move to the London Stadium, which could be to replace Andy Carroll, after it was recently confirmed by West Ham that the forward will be leaving the club once his contract has ended.

Wesley has managed 13 goals and ten assists in the Jupiler Pro League this season, which is pretty impressive for a young player coming onto the scene, however it poses the question as to whether the Brazilian would be able to replicate his form in the Premier League, which is a significant step up from where he is currently playing his football.

This means signing Wesley would be too risky as the Hammers need a guaranteed source of goals in the Premier League to arrive.

The 6ft 3in attacker (Source: Transfermrkt) would have a huge task of changing his game to suit the more physical aspects of the English leagues should he make the switch to the London Stadium, and it seems it would be more sensible for Pellegrini to bring a player in who is proven in the English top flight, considering the current lack of concrete striking options for the Hammers going into next season.

Pellegrini should slam the brakes on Wesley, and look elsewhere for a proven talent to bring to the London Stadium next season instead.