West Ham close to signing Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals for £24m

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West Ham are close to completing a £24m deal for Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals.

Mario Husillos, West Ham’s director of football, knows Fornals from his time at Málaga and has moved quickly to reach an agreement with Villarreal to sign the attacking midfielder. Negotiations with the Spanish club have run smoothly and while Fornals is yet to agree personal terms, it is hoped that the transfer could be completed by the end of the week.

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