By Dean White

3rd Aug, 2022 | 8:40pm

West Ham United could strike loan deal for Maxwel Cornet with obligation-to-buy - Dharmesh Sheth

West Ham United could sign Maxwel Cornet on a loan-to-buy basis from Burnley this summer, according to Sky Sports News journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

Speaking on Wednesday night on Sky Sports News (3 August, 07:37pm), Sheth said that the Irons are discussing a deal to sign the 25-year-old Ivory Coast forward, who has a £17.5million release clause in his contract at Turf Moor.

West Ham, however, could seek an initial loan deal for Cornet that would see them become obliged to sign him permanently at a later date.

“One other player West Ham are looking at, of course, is Maxwel Cornet of Burnley and talks continue between the clubs over a potential deal,” Sheth said on Sky Sports News’ Transfer Show on Wednesday night (3 August, 07:37pm).

“We think there’s a release clause of around £17.5million but as it stands, we think West Ham United might be looking at a loan with an option which maybe becomes an obligation. Once again, a long way to go on that deal.”

Interesting approach

If West Ham are going down this route, does it suggests that there’s no money left in the bank for new signings?

We have had a big summer so far, in fairness.

Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd haven’t come cheap while it seems a big fee has also been agreed for the potential signing of Lille midfielder Amadou Onana.

If the Onana deal gets done, West Ham will take their summer spending to around £110million [The Times], which means they might not have much left to get a permanent deal done for Cornet.

Not this summer, at least.

West Ham could reportedly go down the route of signing Cornet on loan with a mandatory purchase option tied in, meaning that no matter what, he’ll be a full-time Hammer next year.

It also defers paying any transfer fee until next summer.

We’d rather an option to buy be tied in because that gives West Ham more control on whether they want to sign Cornet. They’ll be able to try before they buy if they do.

But either way, Cornet is a really good, versatile player who can star anywhere down the left.