Speaking to Football Insider, former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie has made a major claim involving reported club target Junior Firpo.
The Lowdown: West Ham eyeing Firpo…
Over these last few months, consistent reports have emerged linking West Ham with a move for Barcelona defender Firpo.
Firstly, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claimed back in April that the Hammers and Inter Milan had looked at the 24-year-old.
Going by far more recent claims, Firpo certainly seems like a player firmly on the West Ham radar.
ExWHUemployee believes that manager David Moyes ‘definitely’ has an interest in the Spaniard while Mundo Deportivo came out just two days ago and said West Ham are ‘one of the best positioned‘ to sign him.
The Latest: McAvennie drops major claim involving Firpo…
Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Irons front man McAvennie has shared what he knows on the Firpo situation from his contacts.
Indeed, after speaking with the player’s agent, he believes Firpo could leave Barcelona for as little as £15 million.
“I know the boy, he’s talented,” McAvennie explained.
“I spoke to his agent a couple of days ago. Barcelona are trying to offload players, they have no money. I’m hearing it will take £15million.
“He’s a good talent. I don’t see why he couldn’t come to West Ham.
“It’s a gamble coming from Europe, they need to adapt. If you’re even in Barcelona’s third team then you’re clearly good.
“He’s a talent and West Ham need talent. If he leaves Barca, he’ll have a point to prove and that’s what you want.”
The Verdict: Bargain?
At £15m, West Ham could land a fairly astute acquisition and really bolster their full-back options.
However, he is also a risky swoop, especially given his severe lack of playing time at the Camp Nou since his move there from Real Betis in the summer of 2019.
He started just three La Liga matches for the Catalans over 2020/2021 but his form for Betis over 2018/2019 suggests he could still be a promising player.
Moyes may want to store that £15m aside to either seal a permanent deal for Lingard or sign a new striker, but swooping for Firpo still shouldn’t be ruled out going by recent developments.
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