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Report: Speculation increases for 23-year-old midfielder

West Ham are set to pay 27 million euros ( £24m) to bring Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals to the London Stadium according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The 23-year-old could be the first of several players leaving the La Liga team after a disappointing season which saw them get nowhere near qualifying for European football.

West Ham were linked with him in January, but Villarreal were unwilling to sell as they battled against relegation.

Now, the Hammers have made a bid that doesn’t reach Fornals’ 33 million euro release clause but one that does meet Villarreal’s valuation of the player. Fornals’ release clause was raised when interest was shown in him in January, which also forced Villarreal to raise his weekly wage.

Fornals started at Malaga youth setup before moving Villarreal Academy. He made his senior debut for Malaga’s first team in 2015.  He was in Malaga’s youths setup when Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Hussillos were there but how much they were involved with him is unknown.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “Report: Speculation increases for 23-year-old midfielder

  1. Wonder if this is related to the alleged Lanzini contract impasse? Seems like a similar style of player.

  2. A disappointing signing imo, will not make us top 6, a strange decision and has done nothing to merit this valuation. I really hope we look else where as I believe we can get better players for alot less.

  3. I thought we didnt want him earlier?

  4. Good enough to play for Spain but not good enough for us?…

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