West Ham start talks with CSKA Moscow for Croatia striker Nikola Vlasic, valued at £ 25million, as Hammers consider alternative option to Jesse Lingard with a deal for the Man United star that seems unlikely
West Ham look to recruit striker before window closes Reunion with ex-Man United loaner Jesse Lingard seems unlikelyThe Hammers have held talks with CSKA Moscow for Nikola Vlasic, valued at £ 25million The Croatian striker has scored against Scotland in the group stage of Euro 2020
By Simon Jones for MailOnline
Posted: 5:46 p.m. EDT, August 24, 2021 | Update: 5:56 p.m. EDT, August 24, 2021
West Ham have had discussions over a deal for CSKA Moscow striker Nikola Vlasic as they seek an alternative to Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard.
The Croatia international, formerly of Everton, was a target for AC Milan earlier this window and CSKA want around £ 25million.
Manager David Moyes is a confirmed admirer of the 23-year-old, who cost CSKA around £ 14million from Everton, and West Ham hope to lower the Russian club’s valuation as talks progress.
West Ham have had talks on signing CSKA Moscow star, valued at £ 25million, Nikola Vlasic
Hammers believe reunion with Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard unlikely this year
Vlasic was signed for Everton by former director of football Steve Walsh and fleetingly impressed under manager Ronald Koeman. However, he was ignored by Koeman’s successor Marco Silva and said he had no future at the club.
After a first loan with CSKA, he signed a permanent contract and scored 25 goals in his first two seasons, sparking interest from Real Madrid and AC Milan.
West Ham were forced to consider alternative options with a deal for Lingard looking unlikely at this point. Although he remains popular with staff and fans alike, a deal is proving to be costly for a 28-year-old who only has one year left on his contract.
Former Everton forward Vlasic (right) is currently at CSKA and was a target for AC Milan
West Ham has been credited with an interest in Lille’s Jonathan Bamba but Sportsmail understands that he is not considered by Moyes.
The West Ham manager, who has guided his side to the top of the Premier League after two games, wants to secure their £ 26million deal for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma first as a priority before strengthening in midfield and to attack.
However, with their budget tight, once an offer is made for Vlasic, he may look to add loans in the dying throes of the window.