West Ham target Brazilian centre-back Marcelo and Malaga captain Recio

Pellegrini likes the Lyon centre-half — not the Real Madrid left-back — who has yet to be capped by his country.

The Hammers will have to pay around £15million plus top wages for him to pass the criteria needed by the authorities to work in the UK.

Marcelo, 31, would love to come to the Premier League and be a huge asset.

But he clearly lacks a re-sale value and it would be an expensive deal.

The Hammers’ alternative would be West Brom’s £20m-rated Craig Dawson.

Pellegrini also wants to improve his midfield and Spanish sources have revealed he is interested in Recio at his former club Malaga.

Skipper Recio, 27, would relish teaming up with his old boss.

West Ham have also been linked with a £17.5m bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Andriy Yarmolenko.

Sky Sports claims Pellegrini wants the Ukrainian after seeing Manuel Lanzini ruled out for over a year with a cruciate ligament injury.

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