As a Premier League move starts looking more likely for the Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals, West Ham United are presented as the strongest option.

Outlet AS has a story this Monday saying the player could finally be heading to England after turning down the chances he’s had in the January market.

At that time, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham were along with the Hammers in the race for the player, but he chose to finish the season at Villarreal.

Now it’s only West Ham who get a serious mention from the outlet. Even though the club only made a first approach, they’re said to be the side with ‘most interest’ to get the 23-year-old.

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Villarreal paid €11m to sign Fornals from Malaga, and AS reports that he’s now protected by a release clause of €25m, which wouldn’t be too much for Premier League sides.

If that’s the word in Spain, that’s probably how much West Ham would have to spend to sign the player. And although it looks like they lead the race for now, perhaps things could change if Tottenham decide to make a new attempt.