Gabri close to Hammers deal
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham have moved a step nearer to clinching the signing of Barcelona's Gabri.West Ham have moved a step nearer to clinching the signing of Gabri from Barcelona.
The Spain international is travelling to London to take a medical, and is expected to sign a three-year contract on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old has suffered with form and fitness this season, making only a handful of starts for the Catalan giants.
He has been a loyal servant at Barcelona for many years though, and after expressing his wish to play in The Premiership, the club have no intention of standing in his way.
After lengthy talks with West Ham officials, Barca spokesman Toni Ruiz announced that everything would be done to ensure the deal was done as smoothly and quickly as possible.
"Barcelona are looking to help him," Ruiz explained.
Gabri, who can play in midfield or defence, is likely to fill the void left by full back Tomas Repka's departure to Sparta Prague.