Southampton captain Jose Fonte closing in on West Ham deal worth up to £9million

20 January 2017 04:24

Southampton captain Jose Fonte is on the cusp of joining West Ham in a deal worth up to £9million, Press Association Sport understands.

The 33-year-old, the last remaining member of the Saints side that rose from the League One to the Premier League, has made no secret of his desire to move on since winning Euro 2016 with Portugal.

Manchester United were among those linked to the unsettled defender, who is now set to join West Ham in a deal understood to be worth an £8million deal plus a potential £1million in add-ons.

Fonte, who turned 33 last month, had 18 months left on his deal at St Mary's.

In December the defender claimed he was "informed by Southampton that they are not offering me a new contract", but club sources say he rejected a one-year extension.

Saints are understood to be happy for the episode to be drawing to a close and the move to east London could be wrapped up as early as Friday evening.

Source: PA