West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals is said to be close to joining La Liga side Real Betis after agreeing personal terms with the Spanish club according to TEAMTALK.
A move to Betis would seal a reunion with former West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini who brought the Spanish midfielder to the London Stadium in the summer of 2019.
Real Betis will look to complete the signing of Fornals once the sale of Brazilian winger Luiz Henrique, who is set to join Botafogo, goes through.
The club are expected to receive around £17 million for Henrique. Once this is complete, and they have cleared the space in their squad, Betis will make their move to get a potential deal for Fornals over the line.
The 27 year old, who has made over 200 appearances for the Hammers since joining the club from Villarreal, is now into the final six months of his contract and has found game time hard to come by over the past several months.
ExWHUEmployee told The West Ham Way’s podcast earlier this week that Fornals was getting closer to his “dream move back to Spain”. “There has been a lot of interest over there for the player with both Seville clubs: Real Betis and Sevilla showing interest.” Going on to add: “It appears that Betis are leading the way.”
Fornals has become a fan favourite during his time in East London, always giving 100% for the badge, and firmly buying into the club’s culture and identity. He will always be remembered by supporters for his goal against AZ Alkmaar last season which sealed the Hammers place in the Conference League final.
The Spanish midfielder has never been shy in admitting his love for the club publicly, stating previously: “As far as my family and I are concerned, today and no matter what happens in the future, a part of us will always be cockney.”
With his time at West Ham looking close to coming to an end, Hammers supporters will bid Fornals a fond farewell, and will be hoping a return to La Liga will help him find regular game time and allow him to reignite his career.
Written by Finlay Jackson