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West Ham closing in on Marlon deal

Filed: Wednesday, 30th May 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are said to be closing in on the capture of Barcelona defender Marlon Santos.

As KUMB reported earlier this week, new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has moved swiftly to resolve the club's defensive issues by lining up the 22-year-old Brazilian.

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And according to reports in Spain, Barcelona have accepted an offer in the region of 15million for the central defender, who spent last season on loan in France with OGC Nice but is set to agree a five-year contract with West Ham.

The front page of Wednesday's Daily Sport also runs with the story, suggesting that the Catalans - who were initially seeking 20million for the defender - will allow Marlon to join West Ham for the cut price fee, which equates to some 13million.

The front cover of today's Daily Sport in Spain

A product of the Fluminense Academy in Brazil, Marlon originally signed for Barcelona on a season-long loan in 2016, making his debut in a Champions League tie against Celtic. Having impressed in Spain he was snapped up on a four-year contract for 5million.

Yet despite impressing initially, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde allowed Marlon to join Nice last summer on a two-year loan deal with a 20million option-to-buy - a clause that has now apparently been triggered by the mystery English club.

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