Video: West Ham target Nordin Amrabat returns to training with Malaga

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The Costa del Sol club have yet to lock down the future of the Moroccan international.

Following a few days of paternity leave, having recently become a father, Moroccan international Nordin Amrabat returned to training with Malaga CF on Wednesday.

Currently on loan from Galatasaray, the 28-year-old was put through his paces with the rest of the team, as they participated in a mini game, whilst also focusing on attacking movement and finishing.

The future of Amrabat with Malaga is still uncertain at the moment, although they are very keen to make his loan permanent. The only obstacle right now, is the fixed €3.5 clause valuation set by Galatasaray, but meetings between directors of the two clubs last week, ended with positive signs.

Malaga don't have the funds available to pay that price in one go, so according to local newspaper Malaga Hoy, the club is currently exploring their options, as to how they'll finance the move.

One train of thought is that Malaga will look towards a third-party investment fund, in spite of plans by UEFA to ban such operations throughout Europe. However, the Spanish and Portuguese leagues have stood firmly against the UEFA proposals, meaning that for now, third-party investment groups remain actively involved with clubs and players.

The additional difficulty for Malaga, will be whether any third-party investors would be interested. Essentially, such groups would only want to invest, if there is the potential for a future profit. At 28, the chance of a future profit on Amrabat is limited.

Galatasaray have set a deadline of 30th April, for any deal to be completed by Malaga. As such and following their reported interest recently, West Ham United will surely be keeping a keen eye on what happens, ready to pounce if in the end, the Costa del Sol club can't stump up the funds.

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