Ramis set for the Hammers

The 27-year-old Ramis had been linked with a number of English

clubs including Wigan, but West Ham look poised to make him their

latest summer signing. A statement on Mallorca’s website read:

“Mallorca and West Ham have reached an agreement for the transfer

of Ivan Ramis. “The Mallorcan defender has the permission of the

club to have a medical with what will be his new team.” Mallorca

did not mention any fee for Ramis but said they will “achieve the

economic objective for which they have been working for over recent

weeks.” Mallorca-born Ramis came up through the youth ranks at his

local club and, aside from a spell on loan at Real Valladolid in

2005/06, has spent the last eight seasons with the senior team.

Ramis announced earlier this month his desire to join a Premier

League team and he has received support from Mallorca in his bid to

move to England. The Spanish club added in their statement: “From

the board led by Jaume Cladera and Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, the

coaching staff directed by Joaquin Caparros, all his team-mates in

the changing room, employees of the club and everyone associated

with Real Mallorca want to wish Ivan the best of luck in this new

stage of his career that he will begin.” If Ramis completes his

move to West Ham, he will join a host of new faces at Upton Park

this summer, with manager Sam Allardyce having already brought in

goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen, Stephen Henderson and Raphael

Spiegel, midfielder Mohamed Diame and forward Modibo Maiga.