By Sam Stone

3rd Aug, 2022 | 8:10pm

West Ham United: Premier League clubs reluctant to pay Maxwel Cornet release clause

A host of Premier League clubs are reluctant to pay West Ham target Maxwel Cornet’s £17.5million release clause in one lump sum according to 90min journalist Graeme Bailey.

Bailey claimed on Wednesday 3 August that the Hammers are leading the way for the 25-year-old Ivory Coast international.

It’s also understood that Newcastle, Everton and Nottingham Forest have all held talks with Cornet, but like the Hammers are reluctant to pay his release clause in one go.

It has been suggested by former BBC journalist Fraser Fletcher (via Twitter, 2 August) that Cornet is “extremely attracted” by a move to the London Stadium.

Pay up

West Ham shouldn’t hesitate when it comes to paying the £17.5million release clause for Cornet.

He is a versatile option that would cover two main problem areas in David Moyes’ squad.

Cornet is able to operate anywhere along the left flank which could well ease Moyes’ left-back woes now that Arthur Masuaku’s London Stadium departure.

Furthermore, Cornet could play in any of the attacking midfield positions behind the striker and also start in a central striking position and give the Hammers some much-needed pace up front.

His nine goals for Burnley in a relegation campaign is extremely impressive.

If the club get deals for Cornet and Lille midfielder Amadou Onana over the line then it would be a near-perfect window for Moyes and the club hierarchy.

The London Stadium faithful were desperate for some new additions over the summer to bridge the gap to the top-six and it’s fair to say they’ve put themselves in an excellent position to do that heading into the 2022/23 Premier League campaign.