By Dean White

4th Aug, 2022 | 10:37am

West Ham trigger Maxwel Cornet release clause as fee agreed with Burnley - ExWHUemployee

West Ham have agreed a fee with Burnley for the signing of Ivory Coast star Maxwel Cornet, according to ExWHUemployee.

In an update on his Patreon account on Thursday morning (4 August), the reliable Hammers insider reported that the Irons have triggered the 25-year-old forward’s release clause, which is widely reported to be worth £17.5million [Guardian].

It is understood that West Ham will now open talks with Cornet on Thursday with the former Lyon player very keen on a return to the Premier League following Burnley’s relegation last season.

Leeds, Everton, Newcastle and Nottingham Forest are also said to be keen but ExWHUemployee says the Hammers are confident of winning the race for Cornet’s signature.

Finally

Let’s hope this is a breakthrough for West Ham now and that they get the deal done as quickly as possible to stop other clubs trying to hijack our deal.

Burnley have no choice but to sell Cornet if his release clause is matched, it’s just down to the player now to decide whether he accepts West Ham’s offer of personal terms.

But let’s not beat around the bush here, let’s get it done as soon as possible and hopefully even get Cornet signed up in time for the Premier League season kicking off this weekend.

He might not be registered in time to be in the squad but having the deal done before Saturday will be great.

Cornet adds a lot of depth to the West Ham squad.

He can play as a striker or anywhere down the left so we could see him playing up front some weeks and then other weeks as a left-sided wing-back, which could be where David Moyes sees him to fit the best.

We’re happy with this signing.

But we’re not going to get too excited yet.

Everyone knows what West Ham are like.