West Ham United are extremely close to the signing of Villarreal attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals, according to Spanish outlet AS.
The 23-year-old scored five goals and registered six assists last season and has two Spain caps to his name.
Manuel Pellegrini has managed Fornals previously during his time at Malaga.
Fornals could be the creative spark that the Hammers were lacking last season. He can operate on either flank or in behind a lone striker.
AS report that West Ham will fight off interest in the youngster from Napoli and this deal could be seen as a bit of a coup for the Premier League outfit.
The Hammers will fork out £24 million for the Spain international, according to the Daily Mail.
After finishing in 10th place last season Pellegrini will hope to improve on that and attempt to reach the top half of the table.
The signing of a player with the ability of Fornals would hand the club every chance of doing just that.
Naturally, at this time of the year supporters have taken to Twitter to react about this latest development.
The vast majority of the Hammers support is unanimous that Fornals would be a great signing and we rounded up what they were posting on social media.
We only have £30m to spend and according to rumours are planning on spending all £200m of it 🤣
— Can’t defend FC (@aplin87) June 11, 2019
— jeremyhankinson (@Jhankinson23) June 11, 2019
— Heath (@DaveHeathy) June 11, 2019
— danny wiggett (@WiggyHam) June 11, 2019
Sign this baller up ASAP !!
— ⚒Don Raphael⚒ (@Reeko007) June 12, 2019
Him and Lanzini and Anderson 🥰
— Darren Nash (@vehiclebroker) June 12, 2019
Get fornals, sell lanzini and use that money to buy a decent dm and use Marcus Browne as back up to fornals
— Beau (@StriebigBeau) June 11, 2019
— Joe (@FridayNightFM) June 11, 2019
For those moaning about the fact we should be signing a ‘CDM’ as a priority to play alongside Rice instead of Fornals, there’ll be a large portion of games next season where Rice is the only defensive midfielder needed on the pitch & we dominate possession.
Trust in Pellegrini.
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) June 11, 2019