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Junior Firpo: FC Barcelona to sell West Ham United target for £17m this summer

David Moyes must not look to revive West Ham United’s interest in Junior Firpo amid claims FC Barcelona will look to sell the defender this summer.

What’s the word?

According to Sport, Firpo’s time at the Camp Nou is set to end at the end of the season as Barcelona begin to search for a replacement.

Ronald Koeman does not consider the 24-year-old to be a part of his plans and will look to cash-in amid interest from Serie A side SSC Napoli.

Should West Ham sign Barcelona's Firpo?

Yes, he'd be perfect

Yes, he'd be perfect

No, he isn't good enough

No, he isn't good enough

The Diego Armando Maradona Stadium natives offered Barcelona a two-year loan deal with the option of purchasing Firpo, but saw the proposal rejected.

Barca have no intentions of parting with the left-back on a temporary deal as they strive to secure a fee as soon as possible, and believe Firpo’s market value sits at €20m (£17m).

Several Premier League clubs are also thought to be keen on the defender of Dominican Republic descent, and could look to hold talks with the Camp Nou natives this summer.

West Ham were frequently linked with a move to sign Firpo during the recent winter market, with ESPN and Mundo Deportivo two outlets to cite east London as a potential destination.

A hurdle in the Irons’ approach had been that Moyes could not guarantee the £105,000-per-week full-back regular football, which was Firpo’s goal, with Aaron Cresswell his first choice.

Should West Ham sign Firpo?

News emerging in Spain that Barcelona will look to sell Firpo at the end of the season could see West Ham re-emerge as a potential destination, but Moyes should not strive for a deal.

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Firpo has continued to deliver unimpressive performances when given rare opportunities to feature by Koeman this season, with Mundo Deportivo noting in January how he wasted a golden chance against Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Ray.

The Round of 16 tie was anticipated to be Firpo’s opening to prove his worth but was erratic on the pitch and failed to present any threat on the break. He also misplaced more passes than (15) all but one of his teammates and turned over possession the second-most times (20).

Koeman is noted to have hauled Firpo off for Jordi Alba having grown that frustrated at his careless passing, having already been dismayed by the left-back’s efforts in the previous round against UE Cornella.

The Barca boss is said to have vigorously yelled at Firpo twice during the first half of extra-time against the third-tier outfit, as he was not putting enough effort into his defensive actions and later produced further lazy passes when options were wide open.

Moyes will not be able to afford to have any passengers at the London Stadium next season, when West Ham could be competing in Europe, and has so far dodged an expensive bullet by not having Firpo at his disposal already.

AND in other news, David Moyes has made a £25m forward his top target to fill Seb Haller’s void at West Ham

Article title: Junior Firpo: FC Barcelona to sell West Ham United target for £17m this summer

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