Hammers Grab Spanish Youngster
By Tom Dowsett
Saturday 23 Apr 2016 11:48:00
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 With the transfer window over a month away from opening, West Ham United have confirmed that 18-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez has signed a pre-contract with the club and will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on a three-year deal from Valencia on July 1.

The news first came to light when Slaven Bilic confirmed that the Hammers were close to completing a deal in his pre-match news conference on March 17 ahead of his side's trip to Chelsea two days later.

After making Manuel Lanzini's switch to the club permanent, Martinez will become the clubs second signing, as the team prepare for another big season on the pitch.

Valencia have allowed Martinez to fly to London early, so he can train with the Development Squad at their current Rush Green stadium in a bid to get him used to life in England.

Martinez has already had experience of playing against English opposition during his time in Spain, as he has come up against Chelsea at youth level.

The forward is sure to become a valuable member of Terry Westley's team next season, as he looks to build on a promising career that has already seen him score over 100 goals.

We all wish him well during his time in Stratford and given the success stories of players such as Reece Oxford, Josh Cullen, George Dobson, Stephen Hendrie, Marcus Browne and Martin Samuelsen, maybe he'll get his chance in the first-team one-day.

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