The 26-year-old Espanyol forward has been heavily linked with a move to Real Betis, but it is understood that the deal has hit a snag over an agreement on the payment structure of the £25.1 million release fee Iglesias has written into his contract.
This could be a smart signing for West Ham, should they choose to pursue the deal. Financially, more than anything else, this would be a good idea. Iglesias has a release clause of around £25 million. The issues that have arisen in Betis’ move for him have come from an unwillingness on their part to pay the entirety of that fee all at once. If the Hammers came in and agreed to do that, they would surely blow the La Liga side out of the water in any potential negotiations. In a footballing sense, Iglesias would be a really decent signing too. 20 goals last season, as well as 2.4 shots per game and 1.1 key passes [Whoscored], show a well-rounded and inventive striker with the potential to cause problems wherever he plays. The Hammers might have other irons in the fire, and this deal may not come off, but if it does, it should be welcomed by fans.