West Ham United set for Maxwel Cornet medical Thursday - Sky Sports' Dharmesh Sheth
Maxwel Cornet is on his way to London to complete a medical with West Ham ahead of a £17.5million move to the club, Dharmesh Sheth reports.
The Hammers are on the brink of completing a deal for the Burnley attacker after meeting his release-clause, beating a host of other interested clubs.
The transfer is now imminent as the Ivorian is expected in the capital on Thursday evening (4 August) to carry out the checks.
Writing on his Twitter account on Thursday afternoon, Sky Sports reporter Sheth said: “West Ham United have agreed a deal with Burnley for the signing of Mawel Cornet.
“West Ham have met £17.5m release clause. Cornet travelling to London tonight for a medical.”
The Irons have been looking a player who can feature on the left and had been pushing for a deal on Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kostic, but stepped up their pursuit of Cornet when the Serbian became tricky to complete.
If events in this window have taught West Ham fans anything it is not to celebrate too early, but it is surely very likely that this one is going to be completed soon.
Conversely to the Amadou Onana situation it looks like the Irons have shot to the front of the race for a player that was being led for some time by Everton.
Despite a number of disappointments this summer, David Moyes and the recruitment department deserve praise for not being slow to react in recent weeks.
Cornet looks to be a very sensible acquisition, assuming he passes the medical and the move is completed, as he has proven himself in the Premier League and is available for a very reasonable fee.
Why so many clubs have been insistent on trying to knock an already-reduced price down even further, or resort to a loan move, is strange when far higher sums are readily spent on unproven signings.
There may be some reticence however if Moyes is ready to use the 25-year-old as the man to push Aaron Cresswell in the left-back spot.
Cornet has some experience of featuring further back down the left flank, but is surely better going forward, and actual competition at left-back would still be beneficial if the club can get it done.