West Ham and Everton have reportedly ‘sounded out’ a move to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez with the centre-back keen on a loan move away from the Spanish club this summer – and both sets of fans have responded on Twitter.
Nunez, 23, was in and out of the Bilbao side despite having a hugely exciting reputation in his home country. Despite managing just 20 La Liga outings last term, he already has one Spain cap to his name and 77 Bilbao outings under his belt.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo stated that Nunez is keen to leave Bilbao on loan, though he has a release clause worth £27.5million in his current Bilbao contract. He has three years left on that deal, but a new deal has not been ruled out.
The report states that while Bilbao are reluctant to let him go, Nunez is keen to get game time on loan and both Everton and West Ham have ‘sounded out’ a potential move to lure the ball-playing centre-back to the Premier League.
West Ham are desperate to sign a centre-back with the Hammers reportedly having numerous bids rejected for Burnley stopper James Tarkowski. Everton, meanwhile, need cover given Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane are their only options.
West Ham fans are all for the loan signing of Nunez:
Would rather we take a punt on this lad than over spend on Tarkowski https://t.co/71CkVQDPoq
— Club. West Ham (@ClubdeWestHam) September 17, 2020
We were linked with him before… on loan with an option to buy this would be an incredible deal https://t.co/3PhrzVaV0R
— • Phïl • (@Phillyconcarne) September 17, 2020
I’m begging this is true 👀 https://t.co/c2aX18kkv1
— Ibby 🇺🇸 (@1bbyWHU) September 17, 2020
— Owen #GSBOUT (@WestHamWay_) September 17, 2020
Would definitely take him on loan would have to have option to buy though
— will earle (@willearle_) September 17, 2020
This sort of loan I like. It is a lot lower risk.
— Neil Fitzgerald #GBSOUT (@NeilFitzUk) September 17, 2020
Everton supporters also responded to the reported news:
This would be a great deal I like this guy a lot https://t.co/5NwGzFgYgM
— Bradielka 💙 (@EvertonEFC18788) September 17, 2020
Everton interested in Unia Nunez please be true !!
— Luke wilko (@lukeWilko1878) September 18, 2020
If Everton want to chase Unai Nunez by activate his release clause, i will giving them my full support.
— Ali Shidqie A.F. (@AS13AF) September 18, 2020