West Ham United have been linked with a move for Real Madrid outcast Dani Ceballos.
Working alongside director of football Mario Husillos, Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has his eye on young talented players he can build a team around.
Reports in the likes of The Daily Star have claimed West Ham are targeting one of Spain’s top emerging talents in Ceballos.
The all-action midfielder was signed for £15million by Real Madrid from Real Betis in 2017.
Ceballos surplus to Zidane requirements
It says a lot about how highly Real rated the 22-year-old that they handed him a six-year deal.
But Zinedine Zidane has been reportedly willing to sell Ceballos as he rebuilds his squad.
Speculation of a potential move to West Ham has gone quiet in recent weeks.
Now the player himself has broken his silence following talks with Zidane. And Ceballos has told Spanish radio station Onda Cero he will be leaving if Real receive the right offer.
West Ham target breaks silence on his future
“Zidane has spoken to me, and he was very clear,” Ceballos told Onda Cero.
“I have accepted his explanations as to what he sees for me next season.
“However I do have a contract for four more years, and a high release clause.”
“When I return I will make a decision. If I do leave, I want to play for a side that where I feel important.
“I want to show that I can play in any team in Europe. I am a young player that wants to succeed, and I cannot have another year of not playing.”
Spanish revolution for Pellegrini?
Ceballos is currently playing for Spain in the U21 European Championships.
In the meantime West Ham have swooped for fellow international Pablo Fornals (Sky Sports).
According to widespread reports the arrival of Fornals at West Ham in a £24m deal is imminent.
That has met with the approval of Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
He delivered an exciting verdict on the move, read the full story here.