West Ham have completed the signing of Spanish playmaker Pablo Fornals from Villarreal.
The midfielder, who was linked with a move to Arsenal back in January, moves to the London Stadium on a five-year deal, with the Hammers retaining an option to extend it by a further 12 months.
Sky Sports report that the deal is worth £24 million, making him the second most expensive signing in the clubs history, although significantly short of the £40m that they shelled out to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio last summer.
Speaking to the official West Ham website, Fornals admitted that Manuel Pellegrini was a big draw for him.
“I’m very happy to be part of West Ham,” Fornals told whufc.com.
“I feel very good, very happy and very grateful for the opportunity that has been provided to me.
“I want the Club to continue giving opportunities to young and ambitious people, people who want to do well for the long term.
“I know about the loyal fans and the stadium, which is a beautiful stadium. The fans fill the stadium every weekend and that is something admirable, especially with the passion with which football is lived there. I think it is important to play with the support of your fans at home.
“I have worked with Mario [Husillos] before – I know him from when I was in Malaga. With Manuel, only when I saw him and admired him on TV. Of course, 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?!”
The 23-year-old scored two and assisted three goals in La Liga last season, and will join up with the West Ham team following the conclusion of the UEFA European U21 championships.
Here’s how the Hammers announced the signing on social media…
— West Ham United (@WestHam) June 14, 2019