West Ham are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Burnley attacker Maxwel Cornet as their stance now appears to have changed.
According to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth, the Hammers initially wanted to do a loan, but are now in talks over a permanent deal.
They’re willing to pay £17.5million for the Ivorian’s services and he will make the decision over his future should other clubs also match that price.
Via Twitter, Sheth wrote, “West Ham United in advanced talks with Burnley over Maxwel Cornet. West Ham preference was loan, but now appears discussions are over a permanent deal – with West Ham prepared to meet £17.5m release clause. Decision will rest with player if other clubs meet clause.”
With this being his release clause, Burnley cannot demand anything higher having already accepted that he will leave for this price.
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This means that they cannot spark a bidding war as they would’ve liked and as things stand, the Hammers are the last team standing.
This is not to say that others will not enter the race which is why we expect this to take some more time.
If Cornet feels that regardless of the interest, he wants to move to the London Stadium then an agreement can be reached very soon.
Clubs like Everton and Nottingham Forest are also keen so it remains to be seen if they come in with a fresh offer.
However, if given the choice, the Ivorian would prefer playing in London and Europe rather than fighting relegation battles.