Date: 12th June 2019 at 12:35pm
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are “very close” to signing 23-year-old attacking midfielder , according to ESPN editor David Cartlidge.

He made the claim on his personal Twitter page where he also heaped praise on the Villarreal player.

Cartlidge said that the fee would be £24million (€27million), just short of the release clause and went on to say that it “could well turn out to be one of the better deals this summer”.

In an extended thread on Fornals he said that the young Spanish player would “add a lot to the West Ham midfield” saying he had a “particularly good passing range and vision when it comes to moving his team into attacking area.”

He also said he was a “Skilful, sharp, intelligent player” who will suit Pellegrini’s style.

OPINION

Fornals is an exciting potential signing but there is a gamble in there. The one worry is that Cartlidge talks about him being a “slight” player who could get “pushed around”. That would have to be an extra concern in the Premier League, which is much more physical than La Liga. There have been slight players that have gone on to succeed in the Premier League but plenty of others have found it impossible to play their natural game. However, Fornals has the skills that can extract him from these situations and West Ham fans should be thrilled at the prospect of him joining up at the London Stadium. Fornals certainly has the stamina for the Premier League. He played 50 games for Villarreal last season, where he scored five goals and added six assists. Fornals will be hoping that he can thrive on the big stage in east London and push for a place in the full Spain team, after playing 12 times for the Under-21s.