Premier League club West Ham United are on the verge of making their first outfield signing of this summer’s transfer window according to the Guardian.
The Hammers want to sign a new midfielder this summer and they have identified Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals as the man for the job.
West Ham United have already signed two goalkeepers this summer, but they are yet to make an outfield signing and Pablo Fornals is on course to be the Hammers’ first transfer outside the goalkeeping department.
The East Londoners have already signed Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez on a free transfer from La Liga club Espanyol as well as David Martin from English Championship outfit Millwall.
Pablo Fornals was seriously linked with North London giants Arsenal in the winter transfer window but the two-cap Spanish international will join West Ham United in a £24m deal.
According to the aforementioned report from the Guardian, negotiations between West Ham and Villarreal are running smoothly and a deal could be announced as early as next week.
West Ham United have reached their final bus stop as regards the search for a new midfielder having tried to sign the likes of Andre Gomes (Barcelona), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) and Kostas Fortounis of Greek Super League club Olympiacos.
Man Utd Legend Slams Unai Emery’s Style At Arsenal
Former Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has questioned the style adopted by club manager Unai Emery.
The ex-Dutch international star talked about his former club in a chat with BT Sport.
According to him, Unai Emery has no philosophy as he gave examples of Premier League managers like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp who have renowned philosophies.
Robin Van Persie also pointed out that Spanish tactician Unai Emery adapting his lineup and tactics too much.
Robin Van Persie was an Arsenal player until the summer of 2012 when he controversially moved to Premier League rivals Manchester United.
He went on to score 26 league goals in his first season as Manchester United won the Premier League title.
It was the final season managed by legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Despite the criticism from Robin Van Persie, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has led his team to a winning run at the start of the new Premier League season.
Arsenal have won their first two league games of the season under Unai Emery which is in stark contrast to last season under the same manager.
In his first season as an Arsenal manager, Unai Emery lost the first two Premier League games.
Man Utd Legend Names Best Arsenal Player In Burnley Win
Former Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has singled out summer signing Dani Ceballos as the standout player for the Burnley game.
Robin Van Persie was part of the guest analysts on BT Sports during the game between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.
The ex-Dutch international praised the quality shown by Spanish international Dani Ceballos against the Clarets on Saturday afternoon.
Dani Ceballos was making his first start of the season against the Clarets and it was a fantastic debut for the Real Madrid loanee.
The 22-year-old is on a season-long loan deal at Arsenal having joined the Gunners from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Dani Ceballos doesn’t have a permanent transfer clause in his loan transfer from Real Madrid to Arsenal.
The Spaniard made his debut for Arsenal in the first Premier League game of the season which ended in a 1-0 win over the Magpies courtesy the second half strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Dani Ceballos made his home debut in the second league game of the season against the Clarets.
Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 buoyed by the impressive outing from Dani Ceballos who made two assists.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the goals for the North London giants.
Unai Emery Told To Make This Player Arsenal’s Captain
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been told to make new signing David Luiz his captain by club legend Nigel Winterburn.
The former Arsenal left-back advised Unai Emery to make David Luiz his captain in a chat with Sportingbet.
According to him, Brazilian centre back David Luiz has all the qualities required for the role of club skipper.
Arsenal are looking for a new captain on the back of the exit of Laurent Koscielny.
The French defender forced his exit to French Ligue 1 club Bordeaux.
The former French champions paid €5m for Laurent Koscielny who has signed a three-year deal.
David Luiz was brought in as the direct replacement for the aforementioned Koscielny.
The Brazilian international player joined Arsenal from fellow London club Chelsea for £8m.
He has signed a two-year deal with the Gunners until the end of the 2020/21 season.
David Luiz spent seven years at Chelsea over two spells and has decided to move across the capital after new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard relegated him to fourth choice in the center-back pecking order.
The 32-year-old made his debut for the Gunners on Saturday afternoon during the 2-1 win over Burnley.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scored the goals for Arsenal against the Clarets.
Why Iwobi Will Be Returning To Arsenal
New Everton recruit Alex Iwobi has revealed that he would go back to Arsenal at some point after completing a deadline day move to Merseyside.
In a short video posted on the official Twitter handle of Arsenal, Alex Iwobi thanked the players and the fans before adding that he will return to the club at some point.
Alex Iwobi is now an Everton player after he joined the Toffees in a £40m deal last week Thursday.
The Nigerian international spent 15 years at Arsenal before the move to Everton.
Alex Iwobi came through the ranks at Arsenal before he made his debut for the first team in October 2015.
He scored 15 goals for Arsenal during his time with the first team till the end of last season.
His last appearance for Arsenal came in the Europa League at the end of the last campaign.
Iwobi came off the bench to score the consolation goal for the Gunners as they were beaten 4-1 by London rivals Chelsea.
His Arsenal exit was facilitated by the record signing of Nicolas Pepe from French Ligue 1 club Lille.
Arsenal agreed on a deal of around €80m for Pepe who joined the North London club after spending two years at Lille.
Unai Emery Provides Update On These Two Player’s Futures
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has given an update on the contract situation of his star players, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners’ boss confirmed that they are working on new deals for the two players.
Unai Emery spoke about the two players during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Burnley.
Arsenal host Burnley in their second league game of the season having opened their account with a 1-0 away win over Newcastle United.
Gabonese international star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game to give the Gunners an opening day win.
The Premier League clash between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium is the first game for week two.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are expected to feature for the Gunners against Burnley.
The two attackers have been instrumental to the Gunners’ quest for major honours and it’s not surprising that club officials want to tie them down to respective deals.
Aubameyang has two years left on his current contract at the Emirates Stadium, while strike partner Alexandre Lacazette has three years left on his own contract.
Aubameyang scored 31 goals in all competitions for Arsenal in the last campaign, while Lacazette hit 19 goals for the Gunners.
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