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:
They seem to like having a “veteran” CB on the books
— IronsmanJP (@IronsManJP) November 5, 2018
You can’t be serious?
— Graham Smith (@gsmith1959) November 5, 2018
— Just Some Geezer (@Juicedmoose) November 5, 2018
Very strange! I’ve seen milk turn quicker!
— A M (@AFM_WHUFC) November 5, 2018
Turns like an ocean liner
— andy stuart (@andystuart2) November 5, 2018
Another Julian Faubert LOL!!!!
— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) November 5, 2018
Granted, he did better for us than he’s given credit for, but let’s be fair – there was a reason we were happy to let him go.
Barcelona is a boot out of the blue!
— Marcus Johns (@Johnsie31) November 5, 2018
Not that surprising that he’s being linked to Barcelona.! ?? funny geezer
— Sam Packer (@sampacker80) November 5, 2018