Hammers close on Barrera

Grant feels Mexican will be good for the future of club

Barrera: Set to join West Ham

Barrera: Set to join West Ham

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Avram Grant has confirmed West Ham United are close to finalising a deal for Mexico international Pablo Barrera.

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The winger, who impressed as an impact substitute at the World Cup, is expected to cost the Hammers a fee in the region of £4million.

His current club - UNAM Pumas - revealed at the weekend that Barrera is likely to sign a four-year contract at Upton Park after attracting interest from several Premier League clubs.

New Hammers boss Grant is keen to add the 23-year-old to his squad and believes a deal for Barrera would bode well for the future of the club.

Good for the vision

"He is more of a winger and he can play on either side," Grant told Sky Sports News.

"He is a very good player and is good for the vision of the club.

"We are trying to bring in players of a good age and develop them. He's a good player."

Grant has so far only brought in Thomas Hitzlsperger this summer, but is hoping to make further signings in the coming days after the likes of Loic Remy and Tal Ben Haim were linked with West Ham.

He added: "We are trying to bring in a few more players that can improve the team, improve the squad.

"Our target is to make signings this week, but we cannot talk about them until they are done. In football anything can happen until the last moment."