West Ham United are ‘one of the best positioned’ clubs in the race to sign Barcelona full-back Junior Firpo, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.
Firpo’s future is said to lie away from the Nou Camp, two years on from his £27.5million arrival from Real Betis.
He’s made 41 appearances for the club, but only featured in seven La Liga matches during the 2020/21 season.
The 24-year-old is predominantly a left-back but can also play on the right side of the defence or as a winger.
Firpo, a Spain Under-21 international, has three years left on his contract and is valued at £7.2million by Transfermarkt.
Barcelona are apparently intent on negotiating a Premier League move for Firpo.
Southampton and West Ham are the ‘two open fronts on which the Catalan club is advancing’.
Crucially, the report notes, the Hammers can offer the player European football at the London Stadium.
David Moyes’ men are set to feature in the Europa League in 2021/22 after finishing sixth in the table, while Southampton wound up down in 15th.
AC Milan are also said to be interested, but they’re proposing a loan deal with an option to buy and Barcelona would prefer a permanent sale as they have an immediate need to raise funds for recruitment.
West Ham already have a number of strong full-back options on their books, so it is a little surprising to see them targeting another.
Firpo, though, is impressively versatile as he can play in a number of postions, and furthermore, he could be available for a relatively low fee.
Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this report, though, is that the Hammers already appear to be reaping the rewards of qualifying for Europe.
They’re setting themselves apart from mid-table transfer rivals.
In other news, West Ham fans were buzzing as this transfer claim emerged.
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