It appears that Real Betis striker Loren Moron could be available in the summer for a fee in the region of €40 million (£35m). That is according to Corriere dello Sport, who are reporting that Napoli could be tempted to make such a move for the Spanish frontman.
The report also mentions apparent recent interest from West Ham United. They suggest the Hammers had a €25 million (£22m) bid for the player rejected ‘some months ago’.
That bid would appear to correlate with reports (Estadio Deportivo) from October 2018, where Loren appeared to suggest he rejected a move to West Ham that summer.
“I did not want to throw away the opportunity I have here at Betis after moving through the youth system and playing for the reserve side.
“I let my agents know, I told my parents and friends and told them that my intention was to stay and continue here.
“Now I am finally reaping what I sowed a long time ago and I am enjoying my time here a lot.”
But now it is clear Loren has this release clause, should West Ham consider going back in for the striker?
If this question was being posed in January, the answer would have likely been yes. Moron had a brilliant start to the season with Los Verdiblancos, scoring seven goals in his first eight La Liga appearances.
However, since then, things have dried up, especially in the league. Moron has added just two more goals from his last 16 outings. However, he has scored twice in the Copa del Rey this year, taking his tally for the season to 11 goals in 29 games.
However, considering how Sebastien Haller has struggled with a far superior strike rate with Eintracht Frankfurt last season, West Ham fans will probably be hoping for more potent scoring threats to be targeted in the summer.