West Ham United push on with Maxwel Cornet medical ahead of deadline for Man City game
Maxwel Cornet’s medical ahead of the proposed move to West Ham will be done in two stages and stretch overnight, according to Jack Rosser.
The Ivorian is having the first stage done in London on Thursday (4 August) after the Hammers met his £17.5million release clause and personal terms were agreed on a five-year deal.
But the deadline to register players to be available for the club’s opening game of the Premier League season against Manchester City on Sunday is midday Friday, according to Sky Sports’ reporter Dharmesh Sheth.
However, Sun reporter Rosser wrote on Twitter on Thursday evening that the deadline will likely come too soon.
He wrote: “First part of Maxwel Cornet’s West Ham medical in London tonight and second part should be done tomorrow morning.
“5-year deal agreed with a 1-year option included – not expected to be involved vs Man City on Sunday.”
The Hammers open the season at the London Stadium against the reigning champions at 4.30pm.
Facing Pep Guardiola’s City side, it would be beneficial for David Moyes to have everyone possible at his disposal, but it looks like this one will come slightly too soon.
Whether the Ivorian international would have been ready to be thrown straight in at the deep end is debatable anyway as he has had no time to get up to speed with the manager’s tactics.
It would have been a boost for his deal to be completed in time, even for the psychological element of feeling that the squad had been further strengthened.
But it is better that the medical be carried out thoroughly and ensure that the transfer isn’t rushed than to dash it through in time for one game.
West Ham caused the eventual league-winners problems last year when they forced them to come from two goals down to snatch a draw in the capital on 15 May.
With the additions of Gianluca Scamacca and Flynn Downes there is reason to believe another good result could be on the cards.
And even though Nayef Aguerd is missing through injury, Angelo Ogbonna is back from his own long-term layoff.