West Ham have reconsidered their transfer targets and are now ready to bid £24m to bring Villarreal’s Spaniard, Pablo Fornals to the Premier League, The Guardian understands. This versatile and attacking-minded midfielder has been named as one of the players to lead the Hammers’ rebuild project and seemingly fits the profile wanted by Manuel Pellegrini who’s aiming to strengthen his midfield this summer, the same sources claim. If really true and West Ham manage to get this one over the line, it would definitely be a job well done. So with all of that being said, here are two main reasons why Fornals would be a great signing for West Ham.
It’s not easy to find available players who bring quality for a relatively low transfer price nowadays. Pablo Fornals is only 23 and has a lot of room for improvement, that’s for sure, but he also brings about a certain dose of experience and a fairly established skill set. This season alone, the midfielder has scored five goals and assisted a further six in all competitions for the Yellow Submarine, making him one of the more creative pieces at the Spanish club.
The £24m price tag West Ham have reportedly set out to bid for the player is roughly the same as his estimated market value and sounds like a fair amount for someone who’s already showing certain qualities but is by no means the finished product and should not be treated as such. If the Hammers can hammer this one home, it would definitely be business well conducted, leaving the English side deserving some plaudits.
If Pellegrini is truly looking for someone to further bolster his midfield, Fornals sounds like a match made in heaven. Even though he is a bit more attack-minded than Stanislav Lobotka, who was West Ham’s previous reported target, this Spanish international is somewhat of a jack of all trades, so to speak. Just this season alone, Fornals has played in a total of six different positions in and around the midfield area, compensating for his teammates’ absences.
But what makes him even more attractive is his willingness to help the team at all costs, which goes hand in hand with the multiple position swaps mentioned above. Sure, his technical ability and work-rate cannot be called into question, but the main thing would be for Pellegrini to find a way to utilise him properly as one of the Hammers. This is where his versatility could play a crucial role as the coach can test him out on multiple positions, making necessary tweaks if needed, not worrying about Fornals potentially protesting about it. And at only 23 years of age, Fornals is a talent that is yet to fully grasp his own potential. In theory, this sounds like a perfect signing for West Ham.