West Ham are very close to signing FC Basel striker Albian Ajeti, according to multiple reports in the UK. An £8m fee is said to have been agreed with the deal expected to be concluded today.
Hammers fans on Twitter are delighted that the club are moving quickly before the transfer deadline to sign another forward:
— ⚒The Real Calleri⚒ (@WHULUVA) 7 August 2019
— Neil McCarthy (@neil_mccarthy) 7 August 2019
This is the type of business I really like.
— ⚒ Adam ⚒ (@tekkers44whufc) 7 August 2019
Snap 8mill doesn't need to be 50mill ect just a young forward good record ect it's exciting
— JB (@BurchettJason) 7 August 2019
Wow that was quick…
— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) 7 August 2019
A midfielder and that’s a quality window
— jarvo (@dannyjarvis1360) 7 August 2019
Hullious is an absolute genius. Some of the deals he pulls out the bag are unbelievable. COYI ⚒️
— Adam Waples (@AdamWaples) 7 August 2019
— Brad 🛠 WHUFC (@BradHellyer1) 7 August 2019
Some proper firepower. Interesting times
— John (@TheTiltman) 7 August 2019
Amazing stuff by the board and managerial team! Could be quite a player!
— bradley wigington (@wigington101) 7 August 2019
Ajeti is 22 years of age and can also play on the right-wing if required. He had an excellent season for Basel last campaign, having scored 21 goals and contributed 11 assists in 43 appearances.
With manager Manuel Pellegrini’s striking options having been depleted this summer by the departures of Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez, a new forward was certainly needed.
Ajeti will likely deputise for Sebastien Haller, with Javier Hernandez also expected to provide competition for places up front. The Mexican had been tipped to leave the London Stadium but he is now likely to stay at the club.