Athletic Club Bilbao’s Unai Núñez has been restricted to only six appearances in the league this season and because of the limited role, he will be open to the idea of leaving in January.

According to AS, the 22-year-old has serious options to leave Bilbao. West Ham United ‘want’ the 22-year-old and ‘have already informed the club’ about their desire to sign him in January.

The centre-back’s current deal with the La Liga side runs down in 2023 and he has a €30m release clause in his contract.

It’s claimed the London based club have communicated to Athletic their intention to pay the defender’s asking price.

Even though West Ham have decided to pay his buyout clause, they still have to convince Núñez.

AS claims the Premier League side will have help from their summer signing Pablo Fornals in convincing his compatriot. The midfielder has been in regular contact with Núñez, his friend, to sooth any doubts about life in London and at West Ham.

West Ham, however, need to be wary about Bayern Munich, who are in the market looking for a replacement for Javi Martínez and they could offer Martínez as a part of a deal for Núñez.