Mallorca confirm Ramis deal

Real Mallorca have confirmed they have reached agreement with West Ham United for the transfer of defender Ivan Ramis.

Recent reports in Spain had suggested the centre-back was on the verge of a move to Wigan Athletic but he has now opted to join the London club, who returned to the Premier League this summer after a one-year absence.

Although Los Bermellones have not made details of the deal public, Ramis had a €6m rescission clause in his contract and Mallorca maximum shareholder and director of football Lorenzo Serra Ferrer has repeatedly insisted this figure must be met.

The Islanders, still in administration, were aware they would automatically lose 60 per cent of any transfer fee – 25 per cent to the tax authorities, 20 per cent to the club’s creditors and 15 per cent to Ramis – when the player was sold.

Consequently, a €3.5m bid from Wigan was turned down last week, but the acceptance of West Ham’s offer means the friendly with Feyenoord last Wednesday looks to have been Mallorca-born Ramis’ final game in a red shirt.

The 27-year-old has been with Mallorca his entire career, apart from a loan spell with Real Valladolid in the 2005-06 season, and made his debut against Albacete in February 2004.

Ramis joins a long list of players to have left the Iberostar Stadium over the summer, with ´Chori`Castro, Pablo Caceres, Chico, Gianni Zuiverloon, Marti Crespi, Marvin Ogunjimi, Fernando Tissone, Sergio Tejera and Pau Cendros all having been shown the exit door.

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