On Monday, we covered claims from AS that West Ham are leading the race to sign Pablo Fornals from Villarreal.
The Spanish newspaper explained the Hammers and Tottenham had been keen in the January window, but the latter had dropped off since then.
West Ham were said to have the ‘most interest’, and it wasn’t thought the player’s €25m buyout clause would prove an issue.
Then Levante EMV, local to Villarreal, reported Fornals is aware of Premier League interest, and West Ham are the ‘best positioned’ to complete a deal.
El Periodico Mediterraneo, also local to the Spanish club, reported West Ham’s offer ‘barely reached €20m’ and was ‘far from the €33m clause’. Less than €33m would do, but not €20m.
Marca then took everything a step forward and reported Fornals is on the verge of a move to West Ham for €27m. Whilst they pointed out that didn’t meet the €33m clause, it’s thought to be enough.
Then it’s on to AS again, who contradict their earlier claims of a €25m clause, but now say that’s the figure a deal could be done at.
Pick the claim you like the best.