West Ham United have completed the transfer of central defender Ivan Ramis from Real Mallorca, pipping Premier League rivals Wigan Athletic to the signing.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirmed earlier in the week that his club had submitted a £4 million bid for the 26-year-old defender, but the East Londoners have conducted their business quickly and have sealed their sixth signing of the season, following the arrivals of Jussi Jaaskelainen, Stephen Henderson and Raphael Spiegel, midfielder Mohamed Diame and forward Modibo Maiga.
"Mallorca and West Ham have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ivan Ramis," the La Liga club said in a statement released on Saturday evening. "The Mallorcan defender has the permission of the club to have a medical with what will be his new team."
Ramis’ decision to move to Upton Park will come as a big disappointment to Dave Whelan and Wigan Athletic. After submitting a reasonable offer and maintaining substantial interest in the player, it appeared a move to the DW Stadium was a possibility, only to have their interest dismissed by the player.
“I have played my last match for Mallorca because there is a new and very interesting offer for me. Wigan is not the best proposition for me,” Ramis told The Daily Mirror on Saturday.