If reports in Spain are to be believed, West Ham are on the verge of signing Valencia wonderkid Toni Martinez.
Radio Taronja claim we’ve reached an agreement over a deal worth between 2.5 and 3 million euros.
The 18-year-old has scored over 100 goals in four seasons with Valencia’s youth team and is supposedly one of the brightest prospects to come out of the Mestalla’s academy for some time.
The report claims that, despite only signing a new deal last summer, Martinez is frustrated with a lack of first team opportunities and is now open to a new challenge in the Premier League.
But who is he?
Judging by his highlights reel below Martinez – who likes to be called El Nino – is fast, strong, all action forward who’s quick foot work and sharp turn of pace tends to fool defenders.
The video was uploaded in June 2014, and we can only assume the striker has improved a lot since then, but if these clips are of him as a 16-year-old then it’s difficult not to believe that we may just have an exciting prospect on our hands.
He looks a typical Spanish striker who likes to run with the ball, as well get inside the box to feed off service from out wide.
Although it takes some time for the video to show a handful of his goals, it’s very clear that Martinez has a clear eye for the onion bag – obviously demonstrated by the 100+ goals he’s scored over the last four seasons.
If we do manage to secure this signing ahead of next season, Toni Martinez could represent yet another piece of superb business by the club…