West Ham United may have Maxwel Cornet signed to be in squad for Manchester City
West Ham may be able to include Maxwel Cornet in the squad to face Manchester City, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.
The Burnley attacker is in London to complete his medical in two parts, and will complete his move to the London Stadium on Friday morning (5 August), after the Hammers triggered his £17.5million release-clause.
Having struggled in their attempts to bring in Filip Kostic from Eintracht Frankfurt as a new option on the left flank the club moved quickly to surge to the front of the queue for the Ivorian, and are set to wrap up the deal imminently.
Crook wrote on his personal Twitter account on Friday morning: “Maxwel Cornet will complete his move to WHUFC today. Could even be registered in time to feature this weekend v MCFC”.
The deadline to get players registered ahead of the meeting with the reigning Premier League champions on Sunday is midday on Friday, so it will be a race against time to get everything squeezed in.
If Cornet can be included in the squad he is sure to be an option off the bench at best since he has clearly had no time at all to get familiar with David Moyes’ requirements.
The psychological boost that the rest of the squad might feel from having another proven top flight performer joining their ranks, and potentially coming for their spot in the team, might be the biggest benefit if the club can get this done in time, especially after the blow of seeing Amadou Onana’s move collapse.
It has taken until the eve of the new season for a team to finally snap up Cornet, who has attracted interest from numerous teams all summer.
Despite his release clause making him eminently affordable it wasn’t until the Irons hit a dead end in their Kostic chase that anyone stepped forward and took charge of the situation.
Everton looked like his most likely destination for a long time, but wanted a loan deal which the Clarets weren’t interested in.
With nine Premier League goals in his first season in England, for a struggling side who were eventually relegated, he could be the bargain pick-up of the summer, and West Ham fans will be eager to see what he can contribute to a team challenging at the other end of the table.