West Ham eye bargain €16m move for unsettled Real Madrid star

Date published: Tuesday 7th May 2019 2:42

West Ham United have been linked with a surprise move for unsettled Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.

According to reports in the Spanish press, Ceballos is edging closer to an exit from the Bernabeu, two years after he joined the club from Real Betis.

The midfielder has struggled to secure a regular space in Madrid’s starting lineup, with Zinedine Zidane not seeing him as one of his preferred options. Marca claim that Zidane has already informed Ceballos that he is not in his plans, and that he should find a new club this summer.

Ceballos, who was a star of Spain’s run to the final of the 2017 UEFA U21 Euros, where he was named player of the tournament, is on the radar of Manuel Pellegrini, who is striving to further strengthen his West Ham side. Under his management, the Hammers have already gained seven more points than they did last season, and the Chilean is eager to find players who will help them continue their resurgence up the table.

West Ham are not put off by the financial demands, and Don Balon claim they will offer the same amount that Madrid paid Betis for him in 2017 – €16.5m.

However, the Spanish source warns that Ceballos is not too keen on the idea, as he wants to play for a club already established at the top. That news may alert Liverpool, who have been linked with the 22-year-old for the majority of his time at Madrid. AC Milan have also been regularly mentioned in transfer rumours surrounding the player – who pushed for a return to Betis in the January transfer window.


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