West Ham are poised to sign Villarreal schemer Pablo Fornals for €27million, according to Marca.
The Hammers tried to land the Spain midfielder in January, but Fornals stayed put and, per the source, managed to get a salary raise, as the LaLiga club increased his buyout clause.
That price tag apparently rose to €33million, and while West Ham have failed to meet that price, the €27million they have offered will be accepted by the Yellow Submarine.
A below-par season has left Villarreal with no place in Europe and looking to cut costs, and they are prepared to offload Fornals, 23, who hit five goals and grabbed six assists last term.
Arsenal were heavily linked with Fornals in January with The Sun reporting that the Gunners saw Fornals as the ideal replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
A move never materialised though and TEAMtalk’s information was that Manchester City and Tottenham were also keen on the playmaker.
Napoli were also interested in the player and the Corriere dello Sport claimed that Fornals was Napoli’s first choice to fill the void about to be left by Marek Hamsik, who joined Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang in Ferbruary.
West Ham though have won the race for Fornals, per the Spanish source, despite the fact that Manuel Pellegrini is not believed to be looking for a playmaker with Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson in the ranks.
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