By Chris Wright
West Ham are close to tying up the signings of Nice striker Loic Remy and UNAM Pumas winger Pablo Barrera, with both players expected to join the club in the next few days.
Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan have flown out to the south of France this morning in an attempt to rush through a £12 million deal for Remy, after seeing their initial £10.5 million bid rejected last week.
The £4 million deal for Barrera is even closer to completion, with the 23-year-old Mexican international only needing to secure a work permit before his transfer to Upton Park can be finalised.
Manager Avram Grant said of Barrera;
“He is more of a winger and he can play on either side. He is a very good player and is good for the vision of the club. We are trying to bring in players of a good age and develop them. He’s a good player.”
Did you get that? He’s ‘good’, unfortunately he’s not quite as loyal;
‘To perform for West Ham and then move to a bigger team in European football are my goals.”
Great start chief, great start.