West Ham are unlikely to complete a deal for Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa this summer, according to reliable outlet Claret & Hugh.
According to a report in Estadio Deportivo, the Hammers are looking to snap up the 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Cardiff City.
But Claret & Hugh have suggested that it is “extremely unlikely” that the transfer will happen due to Betis’ valuation of the player, understood to be around £23 million.
This probably won’t come as too much of a surprise to West Ham fans, truth be told. Having already gone big to land Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals, the chances of the Hammers pulling out another substantial wedge to land a player who would ultimately be a covering option were always going to be slim to minimal. Camerasa actually did alright on loan at Cardiff last year, hitting five goals, assisting four more, and registering 1.3 shots and 1.6 key passes per game, as per Whoscored. Is he worth breaking the bank over though? Probably not, truth be told. More than anything, the Hammers need cover for Declan Rice and Mark Noble in the centre of the park. Camarasa, for all of his quality, is a slightly more advanced player than those two, and if Manuel Pellegrini is to dip into the market again before the transfer window shuts, then he should look at a more defensive option.