£20m move for Sanabria would be West Ham's best transfer of the summer yet

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 are eyeing a move for Antonio Sanabria

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 are being linked with a big money move for Antonio Sanabria.

Sanabria plays for Real Betis and Marca report West Ham are keen on a £20 million move for the striker.

 

Here are three reasons why he can be a fan favourite for the Hammers, one why they should be cautious...

Top pedigree

West Ham could hardly ask for a better CV for a 22-year-old striker.

He rose through the ranks at Barcelona's academy, was signed by Roma, and went on to top score for Sporting Gijon in La Liga.

Sanabria made his Paraguay debut at just 17 and is a regular at international level. Last season he scored an impressive goal at the Bernabeu for Real Betis against Real Madrid.

Colombia's defender Luis Orejuela (L) and Paraguay's forward Antonio Sanabria vie for the ball during the South American U-20 football match at the Centenario stadium Montevideo on January...

Buying while they can

Sanabria is yet to hit his peak, and West Ham would be buying while they can.

Clearly he has been on the radar of Europe's top clubs since a very early age, and a successful season in Spain will see interest in his services ramp up.

If West Ham back off now, they could miss out altogether, or see his price tag rocket.

Real Betis' forward from Paraguay Arnaldo Sanabria (L) shoots in front of Real Madrid's goalkeeper from Costa Rica Keylor Navas during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF...

Already snubbed Tottenham

Sanabria may be popular among West Ham fans for snubbing the chance to play for rivals Spurs.

Tottenham tried to sign Sanabria in 2016 but he had no intention of sitting on the bench behind Harry Kane.

Spanish newspaper Sport reported Sanabria snubbing Tottenham to sign with Real Betis.

And the worry... Injury fear

Sanabria was in the form of his life early last season, hitting eight goals in eight games... before suffering a dreaded ACL injury.

West Ham will have to be wary that Sanabria may not be able to make an instant impact, at his best form, and there should be questions over whether he will still fulfil his potential due to the injury.

The Hammers have had bad luck with injuries in recent years and have recently taken on oft-stricken Jack Wilshere. Are they asking for trouble by adding Sanabria too?

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