Report: West Ham and Sunderland to battle it out for Spanish midfielder

West Ham United and Sunderland are both hoping to sign Vicente Iborra from Sevilla.

West Ham United and Sunderland are both keeping tabs on Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra but no offers will be made until the summer, according to quotes from his agent Fede Marco carried in the Daily Mirror.

The Premier League duo both had scouts at Sevilla's match against Espanyol this weekend and have been impressed by what they have seen from the Spaniard.

Both Sunderland and West Ham are acting with caution, though, and they are not intending to force through a deal before the close of the transfer window tonight, with Marco stating that a deal is more likely to happen at the end of the season.

"They are analysing the situation for the summer," he said. "I don't think it will be for now."

Iborra has made 15 appearances for Sevilla this campaign, but most of those have come as a substitute and his lack of first-team opportunities has begun to frustrate the 27-year-old.

Iborra has reached a stage of his career where he would be hoping to play regularly and if he comes to England, he will be looking to prove that he is ready to perform a key function for a side.

Both West Ham and Sunderland clearly feel that he is adept enough to improve their squads and they are set to battle it out for the midfielder in six months’ time.

At the moment a move to the Boleyn Ground looks more appealing, with the Hammers challenging for Europe while Sunderland fight against the drop.

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