West Ham must instantly hang up the phone on Sevilla after it was reported that the Spanish side wanted £35.3million for their midfielder Franco Vazquez.
Estadio Deportivo reported that the Hammers’ director of football Mario Husillos had identified the 29-year-old as potential player to sign and had asked Sevilla whether they would sell him and how much he would cost.
The Spanish publication claimed that the La Liga side do not wish to part company with Vazquez and that if the Hammers wanted him they would have to pay 40million euros (£35.3million) for his services as that would trigger the release clause in his contract.
The report suggested that Sevilla are demanding such a fee from the Premier League side as they know the Hammers have the cash to splash and because they know Manuel Pellegrini needs to sign players before the transfer deadline on August 9.
Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb previously suggested that the Hammers were confident about signing Vazquez as a deal was destined to take off.
As this clearly isn’t the case based on the latest report regarding the player’s status at Sevilla, the Hammers must swiftly pull the plug on their pursuit and pursue other options.
Vazquez may be a useful player due to his versatility as along with featuring as an attacking midfielder he can play on either flank as well as a central midfielder but he’s not worth anywhere in the region of £35.3million.
It’s an absurd price tag for a 29-year-old with only two caps for Italy that ended his 2017/18 campaign for Sevilla with five goals and eight assists.
While his assist and goal return numbers are respectable, you’d expect much more from a player that is believed to be worth more than £30million.
Also given that Vazquez has never played in the Premier League before, which normally sees English sides pay a premium figure for a player, there is clearly better value to be had in the club’s hunt for midfielders.
Therefore the Hammers must swiftly end communications with Sevilla after being quoted such an absurd price for Vazquez’s services.