Report: West Ham 'very close' to exciting capture of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes looks on before the FA Cup third round replay football match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town at The London Stadium, in east...

West Ham United are said to be on the verge of sealing the exciting signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona.

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Bournemouth at The London Stadium, in...

West Ham have been linked with over 30 players in the January transfer window.

The Hammers have turned the corner under David Moyes and lifted themselves up to 11th in the Premier League.

The congested nature of the top flight means the East Londoners are far from safe, though, and injuries are starting to take their toll.

Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona conducts the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Camp Nou stadium on April 15, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

David Moyes has publicly stated he needs to bring in at least two players this month and that is becoming more acute by the day with a glut of injuries to key players.

Moyes is desperate for more quality in midfield and players who can look after the ball better.

The Hammers have been linked with the likes of Deulofeu's Barca teammate Andre Gomes, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen, Joao Mario and Steven N'Zonzi to fill that role.

Sevilla's French defender Sebastien Corchia (R) challenges Barcelona's Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou...

But in an exciting twist reports from Spain claim West Ham will ditch interest in Mario as they are 'very close' to sealing a deal for former Everton star Deulofeu from Barca.

El Gol Digital claims the Hammers are willing to pay £20 million for the playmaker.

Deulofeu would be an ideal replacement for Lanzini who has been ruled out for the most important month of West Ham's season with a hamstring injury.

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