By Noel Whelan

29th May, 2022 | 6:12am

West Ham could sign Maxwel Cornet for 'peanuts' after £17.5m Burnley transfer update - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested West Ham could sign Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet for “peanuts” this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old is “worth the punt” after impressing in flashes during the 2021/22 campaign.

As reported by the Telegraph (26 May), West Ham are considering making a move for the winger, who has a £17.5million release clause following relegation.

Everton are reportedly also sniffing around the Clarets star after watching his performances at Turf Moor.

Whelan insisted the seven-figure price tag is nothing for a player of Cornet’s quality.

He suggested the Ivory Coast international would slot nicely into West Ham’s style of play.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It is peanuts when you’re looking at players and the quality they could bring to a team.

“I think we saw the best out of him when Burnley decided to change their style of play a little bit. It was a little bit more like a West Ham style as well. Down on the ground, passing, quick movement and still getting into the box from wide areas.

“£17million is not really a risk when you already know what you’re going to get. You’ve seen him, played against him and know what he’s done for Burnley this year. There have been small clips and glimpses of the brilliance that he could possess and bring to the team.

“£17million is not really breaking the bank on a player. He’s one of those where you’ve got to say it’s worth the punt.”

Cornet scored nine goals in 26 Premier League appearances as Burnley were relegated from the top flight.

The left-sided winger has 25 international caps under his belt to date.

In other news, West Ham could accept £35m Tomas Soucek bid after source’s reveal, pundit claims.