According to the Spanish publication AS, Real Madrid are planning to sell attacker Jese Rodriguez this summer after becoming disillusioned with his progress since returning from injury
The Spanish U21 international came through the youth ranks at Madrid, impressing coaches at all levels and prompting boss Carlo Ancelotti to include him in the first-team squad last season.
However, his progress at the club stalled when tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and subsequently spending the next nine months out of action.
Since returning last December, Jese has failed to replicate the form previously shown at the Santiago Bernabeu and his struggles to break into the starting XI have attracted interest elsewhere.
The duo’s chances of taking him appear to be increasing with each passing week, and the latest reports from Spain now suggest that Madrid are planning on allowing him to leave permanently.
“Real Madrid plan to sell Jesé this summer. There has been a degree of dissatisfaction with his performances after his return from injury and it’s felt that playing time away from the Santiago Bernabéu is the best option for the player,” the AS report claims.
In May 2014, Jese was named as one of Europe’s most promising young players due to his technique in tight spaces and ability to play in a variety of attacking positions.
He would be a superb signing for West Ham, and a move to East London would be a further step in the right direction for Sam Allardyce in regards to curbing his much-publicised direct style of football.