West Ham have made a move for Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez, according to Marca.
The Spanish publication claim that the La Liga side have received an official proposal from the Hammers about the 6ft 1in midfielder (Transfermarkt) and that negotiations are now open between the two clubs.
Marca report that that Sevilla will at first request that the Premier League side match Vazquez’s release clause to sign him, which would see them pay 40 million euros (£35.3million) for his services, but could end up halving their demand for him.
It is believed that the Spanish side could part with their attacking midfielder for 20 million euros (£17.6million) as it would still give them a significant profit on the 15 million euros (£13.2million) they paid for the player two years ago.
If the Hammers could get Vazquez for somewhere in the region of £17.6million then it’s worth the club pursuing him. However Estadio Deportivo recently stated that Sevilla would demand the full £35.3million for their player’s services as they didn’t wish to sell him. Vazquez is not a player worth signing if he costs more than £30million as at the age of 29-years-old and unproven in the Premier League, there are cheaper options for Manuel Pellegrini to pursue in his hunt for a new attacking midfielder. Vazquez ended his 2017/18 campaign having scored five goals, while registering eight assists in 44 outings and while these numbers are decent, there are a whole host of attacking midfielders to check out on the transfer market. With talks apparently underway for Vazquez hopefully Sevilla don’t waste the Hammers’ time as they contemplate whether to sell their player this summer. This is because the Hammers need to welcome a new attacking midfielder to cover the loss of Manuel Lanzini to injury and need to get deals done before transfer deadline day on August 9.