Premier League: West Ham United complete signing of Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals from Villarreal

West Ham United completed the signing of promising Spanish international midfielder Pablo Fornals on Friday from Villarreal for a reported fee of £24 million ($30 million).

Agence France-Presse June 14, 2019 19:24:47 IST
Premier League: West Ham United complete signing of Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals from Villarreal
  • West Ham United completed the signing of promising Spanish international midfielder Pablo Fornals on Friday from Villarreal.

  • The 23-year-old scored nine goals in 96 appearances for Villarreal, including a memorable late winner away to Real Madrid in January 2018.

  • West Ham finished 10th in the Premier League in Pellegrini's first season in charge.

London: West Ham United completed the signing of promising Spanish international midfielder Pablo Fornals on Friday from Villarreal for a reported fee of £24 million ($30 million).

"Fornals, who becomes the second most-expensive signing in the club's history behind Felipe Anderson, has signed a five-year contract, with an option of a further year," said West Ham in a statement.

Premier League West Ham United complete signing of Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals from Villarreal

File image of Pablo Fornals. Reuters

The 23-year-old scored nine goals in 96 appearances for Villarreal, including a memorable late winner away to Real Madrid in January 2018, but is best known for his threat as a creator from midfield.

"He is a player we have monitored closely for some time, having seen him make excellent progress as a young midfielder in one of the best leagues in the world," said West Ham director of football Mario Husillos, who previously worked with Fornals at Malaga.

"I personally have followed his career since he was a youth player with me at Malaga, and I know we have signed an incredible professional and an incredible character."

Fornals joins an array of attacking talent at the London Stadium, including Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and Andriy Yarmolenko and admitted that the chance to work with a former Malaga and Villarreal manager in Manuel Pellegrini helped convince him to move to the Hammers.

He told the club's website: "Manuel was a big influence because in the end he is one of the best coaches in the world and who doesn't want to work with people like that?

"I feel very good, very happy and very grateful for the opportunity that has been provided to me."

West Ham finished 10th in the Premier League in Pellegrini's first season in charge.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Gareth Bale close to sealing move back to Tottenham but deal 'complicated', says Real Madrid forward's agent
Sports

Gareth Bale close to sealing move back to Tottenham but deal 'complicated', says Real Madrid forward's agent

The Wales international has been frozen out by Real manager Zinedine Zidane and he said earlier this month he was open to returning to the Premier League.

Premier League: Gareth Bale 'motivated' to recover from knee injury for second Tottenham debut, says Jose Mourinho
Sports

Premier League: Gareth Bale 'motivated' to recover from knee injury for second Tottenham debut, says Jose Mourinho

Gareth Bale rejoined the London club last week from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.

Premier League: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale flying to London to complete Tottenham Hotspur return
Sports

Premier League: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale flying to London to complete Tottenham Hotspur return

Gareth Bale left Tottenham for Madrid in 2013 for 100 million euros — a record fee at the time — but he has struggled for game time in recent seasons.