West Ham to splash the cash on £17m Burnley star as David Moyes makes his move

David Moyes and West Ham are set to seal a deal for Maxwel Cornet - who was one of Burnley’s shining stars last season.

Burnley star Maxwel Cornet is in London waiting for the green light to have his medical as West Ham edge closer to playing his release clause of £17.5million.

The Ivorian ace - who can play as a striker, winger or full back - was the shining light for Burnley in an unfortunate season where they lost their Premier League status.

But he did enough with his nine goals to convince David Moyes that he deserved another chance in the Premier League.

Fulham, Brentford and West Ham have all registered their interest, but it is the Hammers who look like they will get their man after a long summer of negotiations.

Maxwel Cornet of Burnley celebrates after scoring their team's third goal during the Premier League (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old is originally a left back but has displayed a penchant for scoring goals so much that he is mostly played up front these days, and you suspect Moyes likes his versatility.

The Hammers have only Aaron Cresswell at left back now that Arthur Masuaku has confirmed his loan move to Turkish side Besiktas.

West Ham finished seventh last season, one place below where they finished the season before, and even though that in itself wasn’t a disaster, they would have been disappointed with the last day defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion that saw them miss out on Europa League football.

If they had won coupled with Manchester United’s defeat to Crystal Palace, it would have been the Hammers in the Europa League and not Erik ten Hag’s men.

Declan Rice of West Ham United during a Pre-Season Friendly at Kenilworth Road between Luton Town (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The Hammers have come a long way from the days of Manuel Pellegrini, where they barely scraped relegation to now playing in Europe for the second consecutive season.

The London Stadium was one of the best places to visit last season and the fact that they reached the semi-final of the Europa League will be fuel in their tank to try and go one step further in the Europa Conference League this time round.

The fact that they have been able to hold on to Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen, in the face of huge interest, is proof that they have big things planned for this season too.