Deal close: West Ham to sign attacker when he returns from holiday within days - report

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

West Ham are close to signing Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli on a free transfer, according to reports.

Jack Sullivan, the son of Hammers co-owner David Sullivan, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday evening that the club were on the verge of securing “a deal on an international winger”.

Sullivan also added that the transfer could be concluded “in about 12 days” if everything went to plan.

Sullivan did not name the player, but the reliable West Ham World column later claimed the chairman’s son was referring to Algeria international Feghouli.

“This player who Jack Sullivan mentioned is Sofiane Feghouli another name that we have brought you previously,” claimed the column, which is written by a writer with the Twitter handle @ExWHUEmployee. “The player is on holiday at the moment but as Jack has said we hope to tie a deal up after that.

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“He is a very skilful winger and he is likely to be available for a free transfer I believe due to his contract expiring.”

Sofiane is a player of impressive pedigree, who has not only earned 40 international caps but also made 202 appearances for Spanish big hitters Valencia.

The 26-year-old has scored 33 goals and supplied 40 assists for Valencia, predominantly from his right flank position.

He was especially productive in the 2014-15 season when he scored six goals and weighed in with eights assists from his 33 La Liga matches.

West Ham chiefs have made it publicly clear on a number of occasions in recent weeks that the club intend to reinforce their squad with at least six senior signings this summer as they aim to give Slaven Bilic an even stronger squad next season.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have made a £11.4million offer for an Argentine playmaker who could rival Dimitri Payet for a starting place.