West Ham United lost the battle to sign Maxi Gomez as the Celta Vigo star is set to join Valencia.

The Hammers are in the market looking for at least one new forward, especially after Marko Arnautović’s move to China.

Borja Iglesias has become one of the objectives for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, claims Mundo Deportivo on Saturday.

Real Betis are also interested in the striker, who has a €28m release clause in his contract, but they have still not reached an agreement with Espanyol.

There was a belief at Betis they would be able to bring Iglesias to the club, but that has changed after the Premier League club joined the transfer race.

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West Ham have the funds at their disposal to pay Iglesias’ buyout clause and can also offer him better wages than Betis.

It’s explained the Hammers are moving for the Espanyol player at the same time as negotiating for Sebastien Haller. They’ve made a ‘strong interruption’ on Betis’ plans and have ‘strongly tempted’ the player.

Another Spanish newspaper AS also claims West Ham have asked about the Espanyol striker, but have not presented an offer for Iglesias.