Hammers close in on sixth signing

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West Ham are on the verge of making their sixth signing of the summer as Ajax striker Miralem Sulejmani claimed he will join the Irons.

And quotes from Ajax boss Martin Jol have supported the rumour – and the Serbian wide man could be a Hammer before the start of the season.

Yesterday the club announced the signing of World Cup ace Winston Reid, who follows Thomas Hitzlsperger, Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne and Tal Ben-Haim to the Boleyn Ground.

The 21-year-old, who cost the Eredivisie giants 16.25 million euros (£13.5 million) two years ago, is expected in East London this afternoon to undergo a medical before signing.

Former Tottenham coach Martin Jol said: “The interest from West Ham has existed for some time and that was in his [Sulejmani's] head.

“We tried to stretch it out as long as possible but their deadline was approaching. It saves a substantial salary, anyway.

“On the other hand I had him here on Sunday against FC Groningen - and was happy to,” Jol added.

It seemed Jol had put to bed any such move after rejecting the chance to join Fulham but, shortly afterwards, agreed to sign Mounir El Hamadoui.

And Sulejmani told De Telegraaf: “I am leaving for West Ham but I'll come back next year full of power,” intimating that, despite reports, there would be no option to buy inserted into the deal.

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