West Ham have confirmed the signing of Valencia wonderkid Toni Martinez.
Last month Radio Taronja claimed we’d reached an agreement over a deal worth between 2.5 and 3 million euros, and he has now penned a three-year deal with the club.
Although his doesn’t officially sign for the club until the summer, West Ham confirmed that Valencia have kindly allowed Martinez to join up with his new team mates immediately, which will no doubt prove beneficial to his development and the speed in which he’s able to settle in to his new surroundings.
The 18-year-old 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.
But who is he?
Judging by his highlights reel below, Martinez – who has been compared to Fernando Torres – is fast, strong, all action forward whose 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.
It certainly looks as though Toni Martinez could represent yet another piece of superb business by the club…