When West Ham were initially linked with Eibar’s Joan Jordan, it looked like the Premier League club had been pulled in to put pressure on Sevilla, who have also been trying to sign the midfielder.

Sevilla often try everything they can to get prices down as low as possible, and the idea of the Hammers being in the picture could nudge them to pay a reasonable fee.

Then it was reported in Spain that West Ham had pulled away from the potential transfer, leaving Sevilla a clear run at the move.

ElDesmarque reports Jordan’s move to Seville has been ‘close for several days’ but still isn’t at the agreed stage.

They cover claims from Sky Sports that the English club ‘have launched a £13m bid’ and point out that would be enough to meet the player’s €15m release clause. Depending on which currency conversion is used, it’s pretty near and if they hit the figure it would mean no negotiation with Eibar.

That presents the question of why West Ham would present it as a bid. If they want the player, are prepared to pay €15m, and he’s given them the nod, then there’s no need for anything other than paying the clause.

Sevilla aren’t prepared to go to that figure, yet.