West Ham not expecting to sell midfielder in January


West Ham not expecting to sell midfielder in January

West Ham are not expecting to sell midfielder Pablo Fornals in January.

The Spanish midfielder is definitely on his way from the club along it seems with Said Benrahma who is wanted by Turin according to various reports. Fornals agreed a new 12 month deal ahead of Christmas which gives the Hammers the opportunity of picking up a reasonable fee for the attacking midfielder.

Seville and various other European clubs are interested but Claret and Hugh has been told by its main source at the London Stadium that no deal is expected in January with the club hoping to collect between £10 million – £12 million in the summer,

Meanwhile there are reports that Benrahma is demanding a move from the club given the lack of playing time he has been getting at West Ham. That could easily be the case as the arrival of Mo Kudus has made it even more tricky for him to nail down a starting place and hks form has been pretty dire whenever he has appeared.

However, the club – who bought him from Brentford for around £30 million – will be hoping to get at least £15-£20 million for the 27 year old winger.

Question marks still surround Ben Johnson who was thought to be on his way although on the couple of occasions he has appeared for the Irons this season has not performed too badly and supplied a nice assist for Jarrod Bowen’s goal at Liverpool in the Carabao Cup defeat.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Hammeroo says:

    I think Ben Johnson should be given more minutes. He looked ok Ito me in his minutes against Man U. I never could understand how a player with his talent could lose form so quickly. Or was it a case of not being the flavour of the month in the eyes of the Moysiah? Whatever, I bet he would flourish at any other club, with any other manager.

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