David Gold has revealed the club are hopeful a work permit can be secured for Estudiantes striker Duvan Zapata.

It was reported last week that a deal had been agreed for the 22-year-old Columbian striker, but the deal would only go through if he is granted a work permit under ‘special talent’ status, due to him not yet representing Columbia at senior level.

But Gold has stressed that everyone must remain patient while they pull out all the stops to successfully complete the reported £6.7million deal.

He told SportsDirect News: “There is a deal in place and we are hoping we can get the lad into the club, but we need to be patient on that one.”

Zupata has been the subject of increased interest from some of Europe’s top sides, including Porto, Udinese and Borussia Dortmund, which indicates that a successful deal could be quite a coup for the Hammers.