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West Ham ‘explore alternatives’ as Andre Gomes prefers Everton move

Andre Gomes’ preference for a move to Everton will see West Ham ‘explore alternatives’ as they bid to strengthen their midfield this summer.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side had been interested in securing a deal for the Barcelona midfielder, who spent last season on-loan at Goodison Park with Everton, making a second bid of £20m for the Portuguese international having had an opening offer of £18m turned down by the Spanish side.

Everton are yet to make a move to bring Gomes back to Merseyside on a permanent basis, though the 25-year-old is keen to rejoin Marco Silva’s side this summer.

According to the Evening Standard, Gomes’ preference to return to Goodison Park will see West Ham look at alternative midfield targets, with the club monitoring Newcastle duo Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden.

Shelvey has fallen out-of-favour under Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez and the 27-year-old could be tempted by a return to a club where he once spent time in the youth academy.

Fellow Newcastle midfielder Hayden could also be interested in a switch to the London Stadium after he has openly admitted he is seeking a return south.

The 24-year-old came through the youth academy at Arsenal and is reported to be keen to relocate his family from the North East.