By Harry Sykes

Manchester City icon Pablo Zabaleta is closing in on transfer to West Ham, according to a reliable journalist.

Gazzetta dello Sport correspondent Nicolò Schira has taken to Twitter to claim that the Hammers are set to seal a deal for the experienced right-back, 32.

Schira, who has reputation for breaking transfer stories, reported on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night that Zabaleta will sign a contract with West Ham that runs for three years until 2020.

West Ham appear to have stolen a march on their rivals to land the Argentina international, whose City contract expires at the end of the season.

Zabaleta will go down in history as one of City’s greatest-ever signings after joining from Espanyol in 2008 for £7.4million.

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He has been an integral figure in the Manchester club’s transformation into one of Europe’s elite clubs, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups.

Zabaleta has made 26 appearances under Pep Guardiola this season and, in total, has played 327 matches for City, scoring 11 goals and providing 27 assists.

The capture of such a proven Premier League performer would be a coup for West Ham, who have had great difficulties finding a reliable right-back in the last two seasons.

In other West Ham transfer news, Karren Brady has showered Tottenham with praise for this deal.

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