Hammers Hit Transfer Market Hard: Midfield Ace Incoming

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West Ham United are on course to land their second signing of the summer with Paris St-Germain midfielder general Javier Pastore, reports the Guardian.

The Hammers wasted no time in contacting the French champions about the 28-year-old when it became clear that he was available this summer. PSG are looking to make significant sales this summer as they seek to comply with UEFA’s FFP regulations.

Argentina international Pastore moved to the French capital during 2011 from Palermo in a £37m deal. Since then, he racked up 265 appearances, scoring 45 goals although last season saw him play just 16 games across all competitions.

However, with his contract having just one year remaining, he is deemed expendable. West Ham are expected to agree a deal which will reach up to £17.5m.

While the clubs are on course to finalise a fee, Pastore’s wages are a stumbling block. The Hammers budget is considerably smaller than the state-backed Parisians. Pastore earns £160,000 per week at the Parc Des Princes but will have to take a cut to move to the London Stadium.

It’s the second time Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini tried to sign Pastore. As Manchester City boss, Pastore was high on his shopping list during 2015 in what turned out to be his last season at the Etihad.