Report: West Ham move one step closer to signing Gary Medel

Gary Medel of Chile controls the ball during the international friendly match between Mexico and Chile at La Corregidora Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Queretaro, Mexico.

West Ham United continue to be linked with Gary Medel.

Gary Alexis Medel Soto of Besiktas JK during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Besiktas JK and Trabzonspor AS on December 16, 2018 at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul,...

According to Milliyet, Besiktas will hold talks again with West Ham United about a deal for Gary Medel – and are ready to relax their stance.

The Hammers have this evening confirmed their first signing for January as playmaker Samir Nasri has signed as a free agent having been on trial with the club.

West Ham will now be in the market for more additions, and with the creative Nasri on board, a more defensive-minded midfielder may be wanted.

 

Medel, 31, has become the main name linked with a move to the London Stadium, and West Ham appear to be a step closer to signing him.

Milliyet in Turkey report that Besiktas and West Ham are scheduled to continue talks imminently, and Besiktas are ready to weaken their stance on keeping Medel as he wants to go.

The holding midfielder joined Besiktas from Inter in 2017, and has made 65 appearances for the club, scoring one goal.

Gary Medel of Chile controls the ball during the international friendly match between Mexico and Chile at La Corregidora Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Queretaro, Mexico.

A move to West Ham would see him work alongside fellow Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, with the Hammers boss seemingly driving a move for the anchor man.

Known as 'The Pitbull', Medel is an aggressive, combative holding midfielder, and may make a shock return to the Premier League having already featured for Cardiff City in the past.

Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United smiles prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on December 27, 2018 in Southampton, United...

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