West Ham have been strongly linked with Joan Jordan in the past few weeks. Several media outlets have reported this potential transfer at different stages.
And the latest update, which comes from the Spanish media, claims he would rather stay in Spain. According to El Desmarque, West Ham have started negotiations with SD Eibar over a deal for Jordan but the player prefers a move to Sevilla.
Both West Ham and Sevilla have been jostling for Jordan over the past few weeks. Sevilla and Eibar are still apart in their estimation, though.
Jordan has a €15m (£13.3m) release clause but Sevilla will not budge on their €12m (£10.5m) offer. The Hammers are willing to pay the full amount for the Catalan midfielder but he would like to move to Sevilla instead.
Who is Joan Jordan?
Jordan is a box-to-box midfielder who has been identified as a potential replacement for Pedro Obiang or Carlos Sanchez. After the addition of Pablo Fornals, West Ham want a different type of central midfielder.
The 24-year-old has impressed at Eibar, scoring four times and providing four assists last season. Mario Husillos has an in-depth knowledge of the Spanish leagues and believes Jordan is a top talent.
But he might be set for a move elsewhere. Sevilla are in pole position to capture Jordan because he prefers to stay in La Liga, rather than take a career risk with a move to West Ham.