Maxwel Cornet set for West Ham medical after £17.5m agreement for Burnley winger’s transfer

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Maxwel Cornet is set to join West Ham for £17.5million  (Getty Images)
Maxwel Cornet is set to join West Ham for £17.5million (Getty Images)

West Ham are closing in on the signing of Maxwel Cornet after triggering the Burnley star’s £17.5million release clause.

The club are close to agreeing personal terms with the Ivory Coast winger and it is hoped he will complete a medical on Friday morning, with his signing potentially confirmed before the weekend.

Cornet joined Burnley from French side Lyon last summer in a deal worth a reported £12.5m, and was one of their best performers last term.

However, his nine Premier League goals were not enough to keep the Clarets in the top flight and the 25-year-old was always expected to depart following the club’s relegation. He did not feature in Burnley’s Championship opener against Huddersfield last Friday, with manager Vincent Kompany claiming he was not physically ready.

Cornet was primarily used as a winger by Burnley but is viewed by David Moyes as an option at left-wing-back, as well as further forward.

He would become West Ham’s fifth signing of the summer and offer a timely boost for the Hammers at frustration over moves for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic and Lille midfielder Amadou Onana failing to materialise.

The Irons are having trouble convincing Kostic to walk away from Champions League football with the German side and are not willing to meet Onana’s wage demands, despite having agreed a fee with Lille.

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