West Ham have been strongly linked with Joan Jordan in the past few days. The Hammers have their eyes on the SD Eibar midfielder after signing Pablo Fornals last week.
According to Sky Sports News, West Ham have launched a £13m bid for Jordan. He is one of four La Liga players (including Fornals) who could join West Ham this summer.
Despite landing Fornals, West Ham want another midfielder. Jordan fits the bill as he sits deeper and offers a different style. West Ham are tempted by Jordan’s box-to-box midfielder qualities.
West Ham trigger release clause for Joan Jordan
This report has been picked up by the Spanish media. According to El Desmarque, West Ham’s bid is enough to trigger Jordan’s release clause. Eibar will not sell him for any figure below his €15m release clause.
And West Ham’s £13m bid is enough to match this buy-out clause in Jordan’s contract. This puts West Ham in a commanding position as they can bypass negotiations with Eibar.
But the Hammers are not alone in this transfer pursuit. This report adds that Sevilla are hot on the trail of the 24-year-old, who scored four times last season.
However, West Ham have an advantage. Sevilla are yet to match the €15m release clause. Despite this deal being reported as close, it will not get completed until Sevilla agree to cough up €15m.
This presents a window of opportunity for West Ham. While Sevilla stall, West Ham could swoop in with a more lucrative offer for the Catalan midfielder.
West Ham’s potential new-look midfield including Joan Jordan
West Ham’s midfield is taking shape ahead of the new season. Edimilson Fernandes has been shipped out and Pedro Obiang will probably follow. Carlos Sanchez’s future is in doubt too.
But the Hammers will hope to keep the core midfield of Declan Rice, Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble. And Fornals has already been added to the ranks.
Youngsters Marcus Browne and Josh Cullen will be pushing for spots too after they both impressed on loan. So Jordan would have to adapt to life in England quickly to get a game.