West Ham fans are absolutely loving their latest transfer move, as it seems Manuel Pellegrini has added to Issa Diop with the signing of centre back Fabian Balbuena.
According to Cesar Merlo of Tcy Sports, West Ham have agreed a deal with Corinthians to sign the towering centre back, who has six caps for Paraguay.
The fee is expected to be in the region of €4m (£3.5m), and the report goes so far as to say they have already agreed a four-year contract for the player. The deal has come out of nowhere, and fans are pleasantly shocked.
The official Corinthians club website has even released a statement thanking the 26 year-old for his services, and the player is now expected to undergo a medical for the Hammers.
Balbuena is a tenacious, passionate defender who wears his heart on his sleeve, and has been a huge success at every club he has gone to up until now.
Some fans may be a little weary about buying from a lesser league, but the 26 year-old has all the traits to be a fan favourite, from his impressive long passing to his commanding dominance in the air.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where plenty of fans are getting excited, but a few have got some reservations…
— Steven Brideau (@OakieSb) July 7, 2018
Haven’t seen him much but seems be a passer tackler well rounded & for loan few these days could be shrewd sign! Hopefully can play LCB.
Wouldn’t mind his Intl teammate Miguel Alimiron either?
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) July 7, 2018
@FBalbuenito is a leader of Corinthian’s defense, captain and good head scorer
— Jorge Vergara (@jorvergara) July 6, 2018
— theboleyn (@theboleyn) July 6, 2018
Balbuena is bargain I think. Only £3.5m!
— West Hammers (@OnlyOneLanzini) July 7, 2018
— West Ham News/Views (@WHUFC_News_6) July 6, 2018
He’s now the guvnor. Welcome to the east end ⚒
— Dave Lambourne (@Lambo1966) July 6, 2018
Watched film on him earlier… Leaper, dangerous on set piece, great distribution out the back, great composure on the ball, leader, instincts… Very happy with the signing ?
— Will (@whputman21) July 6, 2018
Great player!Good hiring!
— Alexandre Magno (@ambitten) July 6, 2018