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New West Ham signing Fornals targeting European football

Pablo Fornals is targeting European football with West Ham, after the midfielder completed his £24m from Villareal.

The Spain international has developed a reputation as one of La Liga’s brightest young talents and became West Ham‘s third addition of the summer, following the free transfer captures of goalkeepers David Martin and Roberto.

The 23-year-old believes West Ham should be targeting an improvement on last season’s 10th-place finish in the Premier League, admitting Manuel Pellegrini’s side should set their sights on European qualification.

“I think it is a nice goal to get into Europe,” he told the club website. “But the most important thing is to finish as high as possible in the table.

“If we finish in the European spots then much better, why not be ambitious and try and go for it?”

Fornals will link up with West Ham following the conclusion of the U21 European Championships, and admits he is already excited about the prospect of moving to English football.

“Obviously it motivates me to play big games against great teams,” Fornals added. “In addition I am lucky to play now in the Premier League where almost every weekend you play against a great team so I am very excited.”