West Ham have announced the signing of Spain international Pablo Fornals from Villarreal on a five-year contract.
The attacking midfileder has now become the second-most-expensive signing in West Ham’s history behind Felipe Anderson.
The 23-year-old Castellon-born player has made more than 150 senior appearances and will link up with Manuel Pellegrini’s squad after representing his country at this summer’s UEFA European U21 Championship finals.
“I’m very happy to be part of West Ham,” Fornals told whufc.com. “I feel very good, very happy and very grateful for the opportunity that has been provided to me.
“I want the club to continue giving opportunities to young and ambitious people, people who want to do well for the long term. I know about the loyal fans and the stadium, which is a beautiful stadium,"
"The fans fill the stadium every weekend and that is something admirable, especially with the passion with which football is lived there. I think it is important to play with the support of your fans at home,"
Fornals will join the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Robert Snodgrass in the middle of the park for the Hammers, who had a decent campaign where they finished 10th on 55 points.
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