Arsenal rocked as London rivals move ahead in £18m race for Spain star


Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern left reeling after a few pints another failed title challenge and end of season collapse have been dealt another major blow today.

The Daily Mirror claim that London rivals and ever ambitious West Ham United are gearing up attempts to land Celta Vigo forward Nolito this summer.

He was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates over the course of the January transfer window, though ultimately remained with his current club.

A Spanish international, the Hammers are thought to have turned their attentions to him as they gear up for their seismic stadium move to the Olympic Stadium this summer.

Celta are believed to be asking for around £18m for the 29-year old former Barcelona youngster, who is reported to harbour aspirations of playing on these shores.

Though not a traditional centre-forward, the La Roja star is more often that not deployed as an incisive wide forward, having scored 11 goals this season.

Is Nolito who West Ham should be targeting? Is £18m a bit pricey for a 29-year old? 

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