Hammers and Toffees chase Barrera

Spanish side Espanyol had been leading the chase for Barrera, who

impressed at this summer’s World Cup finals, and opened talks with

his club UNAM Pumas last month. But there is now strong interest

emanating from Britain with West Ham, Everton and Celtic all

reported to be keen, along with Italian side Lazio. Pumas have now

confirmed that they are considering three offers – from West Ham,

Everton and Espanyol – with one bid standing out. Reports in Mexico

claim that the best offer is from Upton Park and they are now in

pole position to claim his signature. “We don’t want to be making

announcements when it’s not the correct moment. When everything is

OK we will make an announcement,” said Pumas director of sport

Mario Trejo. “It’s very possible that between Thursday and Friday

we will have something more serious to say. “If there is an

important announcement to be made, the president will be in charge

of letting everyone know. “I must admit that after analysing the

offers of Espanyol, West Ham and Everton, there is one that has

convinced us more than the rest. “We can’t talk too much about it

because then everything gets complicated and as we are very near to

reaching an agreement we don’t want to spoil the negotiations.”

West Ham have also been linked with Barrera’s team-mate Efrain

Juarez, but Trejo says they are yet to receive a bid for him.

“Juarez? Nothing, nothing official or written, not yet,” he added.