Report: West Ham planning £20m bid for Real Betis striker Antonio Sanabria

West Ham fans celebrate after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

La Liga front man Toni Sanabria is allegedly the latest striker on the hit list of Premier League big-spenders West Ham United.

Arnaldo Antonio Sanabria of Real Betis Balompie looks on during the La Liga match between Real Betis and Malaga at Estadio Benito Villamarin on April 30, 2018 in Seville, Spain.

West Ham United have already signed one Paraguayan international this summer, landing defender Fabian Balbuena from Corinthians. And it seems they are keen to sign his compatriot now as Manuel Pellegrini aims to add the finishing touches to his squad.

According to Marca, West Ham are planning a bid of £20 million to sign Antonio Sanabria from La Liga outfit Real Betis.

 

The 22-year-old, like Balbuena, is a full Paraguay international, having made nine appearances for his country since making his debut in 2013. Sanabria is an instinctive centre-forward who has an excellent goals-per-game ratio in Spain despite various injury problems.

He netted eight times in eight starts for Betis in 2017/18 and became the youngest ever player to score a hat-trick for Sporting Gijon during his loan spell at the club from Italian giants Roma in 2014/15.

Sporting Gijon's Paraguayan forward Sanabria (C) celebrates a goal next to Sporting Gijon's forward Carlos Castro (L) during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs...

Marca adds that Betis had hoped to keep Sanabria for the 2018/19 season, with Quique Setien’s side having qualified for the Europa League. Interestingly, the Andalusian side share 50 per cent of the youngster’s rights with Roma, meaning they would only receive half the transfer fee should West Ham get their man.

Sanabria is not the only promising La Liga forward West Ham are said to be interested in. Radio Galega reported on Tuesday that they had made a £27 million bid for Celta Vigo’s Uruguay international Maxi Gomez.

Maxi Gomez of RC Celta de Vigo celebrates after scores the second goal during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid at Municipal Balaidos on January 7, 2018 in Vigo, .

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