West Ham set for Barca’s Marlon

West Ham United are close to completing the signing of Barcelona defender Marlon Santos on a five-year deal, say reports in the Spanish press.

The 22-year-old joined the Catalan giants from Fluminense in 2016 but only appeared three times in Barca’s first team before joining Nice on a two year-long loan deal.

The Brazilian has made 27 appearances for the Ligue 1 club this season and it appears his performance have prompted the Hammers into making a permanent move.

El Mundo Deportivo cite the English club’s offer as being between €15-18m (£13-16m) with ‘negotiations on track’ and set to be concluded swiftly.

It has reportedly not been ruled out that the Blaugrana will retain a buyback clause in the deal.

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