Search

West Ham splash the cash to sign Spanish midfield star

PUBLISHED: 12:08 14 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:08 14 June 2019

Pablo Fornals has signed for West Ham from Villareal

Pablo Fornals has signed for West Ham from Villareal

Archant

Pablo Fornals joins the Hammers in five-year deal

Villarreal's Pablo FornalsVillarreal's Pablo Fornals

West Ham have announced their first outfield signing of the summer as they swooped to capture Spain international attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals.

The Hammers are believed to have splashed out around £24 million for the creative, technically-gifted playmaker with an eye for goal.

Fornals joins from Villarreal, for whom he has excelled in both La Liga and the UEFA Europa League.

He becomes the second most-expensive signing in the club's history behind Felipe Anderson, and has signed a five-year contract, with an option of a further 12 months.

Villarreal's Pablo FornalsVillarreal's Pablo Fornals

A lot of the credit for the signing goes to director of football Mario Husillos who knew the player during his time at Malaga and to get him over to England is quite a coup as he is considered one of the brightest prospects in La Liga.

Just 23, Fornals has already made more than 150 senior appearances and will join up with Manuel Pellegrini's squad after representing his country at this summer's UEFA European under-21 Championship finals.

"I'm very happy to be part of West Ham," Fornals told whufc.com from Madrid, where he has been preparing for the tournament.

"I feel very good, very happy and very grateful for the opportunity that has been provided to me.

You may also want to watch:

"I want the club to continue giving opportunities to young and ambitious people, people who want to do well for the long term.

"I know about the loyal fans and the stadium, which is a beautiful stadium. The fans fill the stadium every weekend and that is something admirable, especially with the passion with which football is lived there. I think it is important to play with the support of your fans at home."

He added: "I have worked with Mario before - I know him from when I was in Malaga."

Fornals will give more competition for West Ham in his favourite role behind the main striker. He will no doubt vie for a place with Manuel Lanzini who is currently in talks with the club over a new and improved contract.

Husillos is looking forward to being reunited with the player, saying: "We are very happy to welcome Pablo to West Ham United as our third new signing this summer.

"He is a player we have monitored closely for some time, having seen him make excellent progress as a young midfielder in one of the best leagues in the world.

"I personally have followed his career since he was a youth player with me at Malaga, and I know we have signed an incredible professional and an incredible character.

"This is something that is very important for us at West Ham United now - not only a very good player but also a very good person with a good mentality."

Despite the big money spent on Fornals, West Ham are still keen to add to their squad with Celta Vigo pair Maxi Gomez and Stanislav Lobotka both high on their shopping list.

West Ham have already signed goalkeepers Roberto and David Martin.

Latest East London Sports News

The Hammers conceded a goal in each half to crash at Goodison Park

10:59

England stormed into the World Cup semi-finals as two tries from Jonny May underpinned a record-equalling victory over Australia at Oita Stadium.

Yesterday, 14:30

London Lions have confirmed that Londoner Sam Toluwase, who has been with the team for the last week, has been signed on for the season.

Yesterday, 13:00

Matt Withers is joined by Jacob Ranson, Dan Bennett and Dave Evans to discuss the latest in east London football.

Yesterday, 12:30

Ben Youngs has urged England to "fight right until the end" when they collide with Australia in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final at Oita Stadium.

Yesterday, 09:29

Essex have announced that captain Ryan ten Doeschate has signed a one-year contract extension and will stay with the club until the end of the 2020 season.

Yesterday, 09:00

New Leyton Orient head coach Carl Fletcher will use the Grimsby Town clash to assess the squad as he confirmed Ross Embleton will take charge.

Thu, 16:47

Newly-appointed head coach Carl Fletcher is excited and 'honoured' about his new challenge at Leyton Orient.

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists