By Harry Sykes
Manchester City icon Pablo Zabaleta will sign for West Ham this summer, according to a reliable journalist.
TalkSPORT reporter and and commentator Ian Abrahams has taken to Twitter to claim that the London club are set to seal a deal for the Argentine right-back, 32.
Abrahams, who has reputation for breaking transfer stories, reported on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning that Zabaleta will complete a move to West Ham in the forthcoming transfer window.
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) May 11, 2017
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 the greatest City signings of the modern era after joining from Espanyol in 2008 for £7.4million.
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 had to share right-back duties with fellow veteran Bacary Sagna this season but has still made 30 appearances in all competitions spread across 1,989 minutes of action.
In total, he has played 331 matches for City, scoring 11 goals and providing 28 assists, and been a mainstay during the golden Abu Dhabi-owned era.
Football Insider verdict:
What a coup for West Ham. They will not be signing the rampaging force of old who was one of the leading right-backs in the world at his peak. But Zabaleta would be a sensible signing by a club who did not make too many of those last summer. His experience, leadership and knowhow will be highly valuable to the dressing room as well as providing a solution to the right-back dilemma that has haunted Slaven Bilic for the last two seasons. Zabaleta can also be a positive influence on youngster Sam Byram, who has showed signs in recent weeks that he has what it takes to be a Premier league player.
In other West Ham transfer news, Karren Brady has showered Tottenham with praise for this deal.