Hammers in three way fight for Spanish defender

castroWest Ham are in a three-way scrap to land highly-rated left-sided Spanish defender Jonny Castro.

The club made a previous bid to sign the 23-year-old full-back last year but his club Celta Vigo turned down the offer.

 It is understood the Hammers are keen to reignite their interest in the player before the transfer window closes but would need to get close to the £14m+ valuation being asked by the Spanish first division outfit.

 They will also need to see off stiff opposition from Atletico Madrid and A.S. Roma and were the successful Aaron Cresswell would come under intense pressure at the club.

Castro’s agent, Joseba Diaz, says he has had meetings with all three teams and that he and the Spain under-21 international will make a decision about his future in the next week or so.

Having been with his hometown club throughout his career, Castro, who is out of contract in June 2019, is understood to now be keen to progress to a higher level and has ambitions to play in England.

 The young left-back, who can also play at right-back, famously scored away at Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey last year to knock the Spanish giants out of the competition.

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4 comments on “Hammers in three way fight for Spanish defender

  1. I think the headline is over the top and devoid of the reality of past window experiences.In a 3 way scrap West Ham will come third.I don’t have any expectations from Sullivan in regards to recruiting.

  2. I think this is pure speculation by the agent & newspapers why do we need a left back the priority is in midfield as already stated by Moyes. I think Moyes is playing a cagey game & waiting until the last minute before he shows his hand & makes any offers for the players he really needs

    • The problem as I see it Claret, is that in normal circumstances if you wait until the last minute in, say, a clothes sale, you’ll probably pick up a bargain as the retailer is desperate to offload old merchandise.
      In the weird and wonderful world of football, waiting till the last minute will probably mean paying over the odds because the potential buyer is panicking/desperate.

  3. Bad business if he does claret ! If sakho , ayew , and whoever else they want out are not moved on and replacements not in place then nothing will happen ? Then there’s the offers written in invisible ink and the goal posts on wheels lofl !
    Its another mess but will be happily proved wrong !😉
    Would be a good replacement for cresswe!lol though , true or not IMO .😉

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