West Ham bring in heavyweight to help Zapata deal

Former Manchester United solicitor Maurice Watkins is helping West Ham United's deal for Colombian striker Duvan Zapata.

The Mirror says the Hammers had agreed a £6.7million fee with Estudiantes for the South American striker.

But the deal, including a four-year contract, is all subject to a work permit.

Watkins will now represent the club at a hearing next week to try to secure the 22-year-old's future in England.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce wants the exciting Colombian to partner Andy Carroll.

Allardyce's scouts have been excited by Zapata's pace and power and want to land him.

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