West Ham fans cannot believe Jose Fonte reports

It is not exactly a secret that Barcelona want to sign a new centre-back when the January transfer window opens for business.

Indeed, injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umtiti have left the Spanish champions light in that area of the field over the last few weeks.

A number of defenders have been linked with a move to Camp Nou, and according to Mundo Deportivo, 34-year-old Jose Fonte is now under consideration.

The Portugal international certainly fits the brief in terms of an experienced and cheap option.

Fonte struggled during his time at West Ham United before joining Dalian Yifang. He then spent less than five months with the Chinese outfit before joining Lille on a two-year contract back in July.

The West Ham fans have been reacting to the speculation linking their former player with a move to the Spanish champions, and it would be fair to say that it has come as a bit of a surprise.

A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: