By Tom Blackburn
Real Madrid hope to finalise a loan deal for teenage sensation Martin Odegaard before their FIFA transfer ban is sanctioned – which could reportedly be by the end of the week.
The Mail claim that West Ham are among a number of clubs, including Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, to be interested in the 17-year-old Norwegian.
Real are keen to arrange a loan move for the teenager and the report claims they will look to fast-track a deal to avoid getting caught out by red tape.
FIFA hit both Real and Athletico Madrid with transfer bans in January but both clubs appealed against the decision.
The game’s governing body is expected to announce the result of that appeal this week upholding the original year’s ban on registering new players.
This could mean that players loaned out by Real could not be recalled by the Spanish club until next summer unless they are pushed through before the ban decision is announced.
The report also claims that Real manager Zinedine Zindane has encouraged Odegaard to seek first-team opportunities away from the Spanish giants.
“I want what is best for him — I want him to be playing more,” Zidane said on Monday, as quoted by the Mail. “And we know that it is very difficult for that to happen in Madrid. He has had pre-season with us and I am happy with him but we are looking for the best solution for him.’
Last week, Squawka reported that West Ham were looking to capitalise on the availability of Odegaard as they look to continually improve their squad.
It was said that West Ham are pushing hard to land him after losing Manuel Lanzini for five weeks with a knee injury.
The playmaker put pen to paper at the Bernabeu last year after signing from two-time Norwegian Premier League winners Stromsgodset for a fee of around £2.4million.
Any possibility of a permanent deal for Odegaard looks unlikely, as he still has five years remaining on his current contract and Real went to huge effort to secure his signature ahead of Europe’s other biggest clubs.
Should West Ham agree terms, Bacca will become Slaven Bilic’s eighth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit, Ashley Fletcher, Domingos Quina and most recently Andre Ayew.
In other West Ham transfer news, David Gold reveals that West Ham have signed a player on three-year deal.