West Ham have confirmed the signing of the 23 year old Spanish international playmaker Pablo Fornals. Judging from the video on the official website he looks a very exciting prospect indeed.

Fornals played 59 times for Malaga, scoring 7 times, and made 70 appearances with Villareal, scoring 5 times. He has made two appearaces for the Spanish national side. He’s an attacking midfield playmaker, which is interesting, given we already have one of those in Manuel Lanzini. The club have said that he’s most certainly not a replacement for Lanzini, and they will play together. Hmmm.

Pablo told

I’m very happy to be part of West Ham,” Fornals told from Madrid, where he has been preparing for the tournament. I feel very good, very happy and very grateful for the opportunity that has been provided to me. I want the Club to continue giving opportunities to young and ambitious people, people who want to do well for the long term. “I know about the loyal fans and the stadium, which is a beautiful stadium. The fans fill the stadium every weekend and that is something admirable, especially with the passion with which football is lived there. I think it is important to play with the support of your fans at home. I have worked with Mario before – I know him from when I was in Malaga. With Manuel, only when I saw him and admired him on TV. Of course, Manuel was a big influence because in the end he is one of the best coaches in the world and who doesn’t want to work with people like that?!”