Could Pablo Fornals be signed as West Ham United's replacement for Manuel Lanzini?

Manuel Lanzini of Argentina runs during a traning session as part of the preparation for the FIFA World Cup Russia at Julio Humberto Grondona Training Camp on May 16, 2018 in Ezeiza,...

West Ham United are said to be on the verge of completing a deal for Pablo Fornals.

Pablo Fornals of Villarreal during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal and Getafe at La Ceramica Stadium on Jenuary 12, 2019 in Vila-real, Spain.

Pablo Fornals’ reportedly impending arrival at West Ham United throws up question marks over the future of Manuel Lanzini.

According to Sky Sports, West Ham are closing in on signing Fornals from Villarreal, amid rumours that Lanzini could depart.


The Argentine has just a year left on his contract, and it seems that West Ham could be struggling to sort out his future.

The Daily Mirror have recently reported that Lanzini is wanted in Turkey by Fenerbahce.

And Fornals’ arrival at the London Stadium would surely plunge Lanzini’s future into further doubt.

Pablo Fornals of Villarreal CF in action during the La Liga match between CD Leganes and Villarreal CF at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 16, 2018 in Leganes, Spain.

Fornals looks like a natural replacement for Lanzini, with the pair possessing a similar skillset.

Both players are nimble and agile, but lack the physical qualities to offer much to a side defensively.

Lanzini’s departure would unquestionably be a blow for West Ham, but he is on a £70,000-a-week contract (Spotrac), and saving that money while bringing in Fornals may actually be some very smart business by the Hammers.

Pablo Fornals of Spain reacts during the international friendly match between Spain and Bosnia & Herzegovina at Estadio de Gran Canaria on November 18, 2018 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria,...

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