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Real Betis eye move for West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals

West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals could look to leave the club in the January transfer window, with Spanish club Real Betis are reportedly plotting a move to secure his signature. 

According to a report from Spanish publication AS, Betis could consider a move for the 27-year-old attacking midfielder if they manage to create space for new additions.

Andres Guardado is likely to leave the club in the next few days, and this could open up the space for a potential new signing for Betis.

Fornals joined the Hammers in the summer of 2019 and has made over 200 appearances for the club in all competitions. This season, however, he has managed only three starts in the Premier League, and a further 11 appearances have come from the bench.

The report says that Fornals, who is on £65k-per-week deal at West Ham, could be available in the region of £4.2m, which is a bargain given his quality and experience.

Betis boss, Manuel Pellegrini knows him very well, and there is a chance the La Liga club could make a move for him.

West Ham targets

The Hammers are expected to remain busy in the final few days of the January transfer window. According to a report from The Guardian, David Moyes is eyeing double loan deals, in the form of Kalvin Phillips and Emile Smith-Rowe.

Phillips has decided to leave the club but whether West Ham will meet City’s demands, even on loan, remains to be seen. They are in talks, though, to land the former Leeds United midfielder.

Moyes is a big fan of the player, and his potential arrival could pave the way for Fornal’s departure, although they are not like-for-like replacements.

West Ham are also interested in signing Smith-Rowe from Arsenal, but the deal looks highly unlikely as the player doesn’t want to leave.

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