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Guillem Balague comments on West Ham's pursuit of Javi Fuego

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Guillem Balague says West Ham's interest in Javi Fuego is 'real'.

Guillem Balague says West Ham have a tough task to try and sign Javi Fuego from Valencia.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported last week the Hammers were interested in signing the 30-year-old defensive midfielder.

They claimed the Hammers had been scouting him extensively and planned to start negotiations.

SkySports Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague claimed last night that West Ham had been knocked back by Valencia in their approach.

Fuego has played 15 times for Valencia this season and has been a key member of their side.

It certainly sounds as though West Ham may be frustrated in their attempts to sign him in January, but he will have only one year left on his contract come the summer.

By then they may become more open to the idea of him leaving and cash in, by which time West Ham will know more about whether they need to replace Alex Song, or have managed to sign him permanently from Barcelona.

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