West Ham fans have been reacting to reports that the Hammers are set to grab their first summer signing – Barcelona centre back Marlon Santos.
With new managers moving in several directions around the league, this summer is bound to be one of the busiest transfer windows in Premier League history.
West Ham fans in particular are absolutely desperate for some signings, as the Hammers look to match the ambition shown by bringing in a top coach in Manuel Pellegrini.
According to various reports, the Hammers are nearing a £13m deal with Barcelona over the transfer of young centre back Marlon Santos.
The 22 year-old has been on loan with French side Nice this season, who are also interested in brining the youngster back to France.
Santos is rather small for a centre back, particularly in England, but the young Brazilian is fantastic with the ball at his feet, boasting an incredible 95 per cent pass success rate this season with Nice.
This sort of technical ability at the back is necessary for Pellegrini’s style, so it is no surprise to see the Chilean veteran pursuing a defender of this ilk.
Fans aren’t too sure what to make of the links, but most of them are trusting the manager’s judgement, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Be a top signing that
— ⚒ mark whufc ⚒ (@markwhu) May 29, 2018
The new systems will require playing it out of the back. I like this.
— COYI!!! (@Nathanbi77) May 29, 2018
not a bad transfer. kid has a lot of potential.
— Alan G.5.C.T.I.D Johnson (@adj511986) May 30, 2018
Looks a decent player. #InPellegriniITrust if that’s what the gaffer wants, let’s get him.
I keep good things about this kid Sarr at NICE and Issa Diop at Toulouse of French Ligue 1. I think Diop could be a good squad pick up, he’s only 21 and Toulouse got relegated to ligue 2
— SmokeyJones (@Gingerbr3d) May 29, 2018
This would be a great addition. He has wonderful positioning and composure, But I’m not sure how he will cope in the prem.
— Jesh ⚒ (@KilljoyKimmich) May 29, 2018