West Ham Enter 4 Team Race To Sign Ex-Man City Player Who Is Available For £30M

West Ham are interested in signing Barcelona winger Ferran Torres, according to The Express (via Sportsview.co.uk).

The Hammers are said to be one of four Premier League clubs looking to bring the former Manchester City player back to England.

Aston Villa, Newcastle and Tottenham are also keen on recruiting Torres, who could be let go by Barca this summer as the La Liga side look to raise money to fund their own transfer business.

Joao Cancelo will return to City after his loan spell at the Camp Nou, but they want to keep the Portuguese international on a permanent basis, and they are prepared to sacrifice Torres to make it happen.

How much would West Ham have to pay for the Spaniard?

The Express report that Barcelona would sanction a sale if they receive a fee in the region of £30m, which is substantially below the €65m (including add-ons) they paid for him in January 2022.

Torres is still only 24 years of age, and he is in Spain’s squad for the European Championships, but he has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter since returning to Spain.

He started just 12 league games last season, with the likes of Lamine Yamal, Raphinha and Joao Felix all being favoured ahead of him.

Steidten has his eyes on at least 2 other wingers

In addition to Torres, technical director Tim Steidten is believed to have identified Juventus’s Matias Soule and Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson as candidates to strengthen the left flank.

Soule is likely to cost a similar amount to Torres (with a price tag of £34m), while Nelson is expected to be sold for around £20m, although there is a lot of competition for his signature. It remains to be seen which player will become West Ham’s top target.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.