Hammers set to land Barrera


West Ham United manager Avram Grant has confirmed that Mexico international Pablo Barrera is close to finalising a £4million transfer to Upton Park.

The 23-year-old winger, who is currently with UNAM Pumas, is set to sign a four-year contract with the Hammers.

Everton and Celtic were also reported to be interested in signing Barrera, but Pumas president Victor Mahbub claimed earlier in the month that the Hammers had won the race to sign a player who made three appearances for his country at the recent World Cup in South Africa.

Grant has confirmed his interest in the player, telling Sky Sports News:"He is more of a winger and he can play on either side. He is a very good player and is good for the vision of the club.

"We are trying to bring in players of a good age and develop them. He's a good player. We are trying to bring in a few more players that can improve the team, improve the squad.

"Our target is to make signings this week, but we cannot talk about them until they are done. In football anything can happen until the last moment."

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