Report: West Ham hope to complete deal for Mexico international Raul Jimenez imminently

Atletico Madrid forward Raul Jimenez is reportedly close to joining West Ham.

According to The Sun, West Ham are close to signing Atletico Madrid striker Raul Jimenez, and have already applied for a work permit to snap the forward up.

Jimenez, 24, joined Atletico Madrid from Club America last summer, but scored just once in 27 games for the Spanish giants in his debut season at the club.

Now, with manager Diego Simeone bringing in the likes of Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto this summer, Jimenez is fourth choice striker at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, and a move to Upton Park could now be on the cards.

The Sun report that West Ham are closing in on a £10m deal to sign Jimenez, with Andy Carroll out injured for some time yet, and Enner Valencia picking up an injury in Thursday's 2-2 draw against Astra Giurgiu, leaving manager Slaven Bilic in desperate need of a new forward.

The report suggests that West Ham have already applied for a work permit for the striker, hinting that a deal is very close to completion.

Jimenez impressed at Copa America with Mexico, and could be an ideal alternative to Carroll given that he stands at 6ft 3in tall, possessing strength and aerial ability - but has more pace than Carroll.

Having endured a frustrating time with Atletico, Jimenez could now look to continue his career in Europe with West Ham, whose need for a striker could see them land the 24-year-old hitman on a permanent basis in another ambitious move from the Hammers, who have been one of the busiest Premier League sides so far this summer.

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