West Ham Receive Boost In Chase For Barcelona Striker As Valverde Hints At Exit
West Ham have received a boost in reported their pursuit of the Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.
According to HITC, Munir El Haddadi has fallen fully out of favour at the Camp Nou and has caught the attention of the Hammers. The Spanish international has refused to sign an extension to his current deal, which runs out this summer, and has effectively ben frozen out of the playing squad.
Now, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has publicly stated that the 23-year-old will likely be moved on during the January transfer window.
"It appears that Munir has made a decision, the Club also. The sooner a solution is found, the better. If it can be resolved in the winter transfer market, all the better," he said.
Manuel Pellegrini may face some competition for the player, though, with Barca’s La Liga rivals Seville also having a publicly-stated interest in securing El Haddadi’s scrawl.
The Andalucian side’s sporting director Joaquin Caparros told Fourfourtwo the following:
“[Munir] is an option,” he said. “He is a young footballer who fits into the profile we want. We have to try to look for these profiles and he is an option.
”His contract ends in June and it seems that he has told Barca he will not renew it, but I do not know [about a January move].
”Munir is a player we have been following for several years. Now, I would say a deal is not done. But if it were done, I would not say so on television either.”
A talented player who’ll likely be available at a cut-price deal with his contract situation the way it is, he could prove a punt worth taking for the East London side.