Joan Jordan is a target for West Ham prefers a move from Eibar to Sevilla to remain in Spain, according to Spanish outlet El Desmarque.
They report that the 24-year-old’s preference is to join the club who will play in next season’s Europa League instead of embarking on a move to England with the Hammers.
The report says that a five-year deal has been agreed between the player and the club, but there is some slim hope that West Ham could swoop in.
That’s apparently because Sevilla are not willing to pay Jordan’s entire release clause – unlike the Hammers – and Eibar are holding out for the full amount.
That is a blow for West Ham as they seek to bolster their central midfield options. Even if they can sort out the finances of a deal for Jordan, would they really want a player who would prefer a move elsewhere and has agreed a deal with his chosen club?
Convincing a player to come to east London on money alone is only likely to end in disaster, and if Jordan would rather stay in Spain – and play continental football at Sevilla as well – then West Ham should let it lie.
It remains to be seen who the Hammers can turn to now, because they still need a deeper midfielder.