Spain international attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals linked up with the Hammers in June 2019.
A creative, technically-gifted playmaker with an eye for goal, Fornals joined the Hammers from Villarreal, for whom he excelled in both La Liga and the UEFA Europa League.
Fornals, who becomes the second most-expensive signing in the Club’s history behind Felipe Anderson, signed a five-year contract, with an option of a further year.
Just 23, the Castellon-born player has already made more than 150 senior appearances and joined up with Manuel Pellegrini’s squad after winning with his country at the 2019 UEFA European U21 Championship finals.
Fornals adds yet another dimension to the Hammers’ creative midfield ranks, joining the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Robert Snodgrass.
One of Europe’s most highly-rated young attacking midfielders, Fornals spent time with Villarreal and Castellon as a schoolboy before joining Malaga at the age of 16 in 2012.
There, he worked under West Ham’s director of football Mario Husillos, who saw the youngster progress through the B team to make his La Liga debut at Real Madrid, aged 19, in September 2015.
Despite his tender years, Fornals immediately became a first-team regular at Villarreal, making 63 appearances across two seasons, scoring seven goals and playing his part in many more.
That form saw him capped by Spain, first at U21 level and then by the seniors, for whom he debuted in Switzerland in May 2016, aged just 20.
The following summer, Villarreal moved to take Fornals back to El Madrigal, where he has become an integral part of The Yellow Submarine’s starting eleven over the past two seasons.