West Ham expect to announce deal for Niko Vlasic on Monday as Croatia forward nears £21m switch from CSKA Moscow… and his arrival means Hammers will drop their interest in signing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United
- CSKA Moscow forward Niko Vlasic is closing in on a deal to move to West Ham
- The ex-Everton star is expected to join the club for a fee of £21m within 24 hours
- Hammers boss David Moyes has identified Vlasic in preference to Jesse Lingard
- West Ham will agree a further £4m in add-ons for the skilful Croatia international
West Ham are closing on a £21million deal for CSKA Moscow forward Niko Vlasic.
Talks are at an advanced stage with West Ham expected to agree a further £4m in add-ons for the Croatia international who was formerly at Everton.
Manager David Moyes identified Vlasic as a player who can rotate across the frontline and behind the striker.
West Ham manager David Moyes (L) is closing in on prolific CSKA Moscow forward Niko Vlasic
The £21m signing is likely to end West Ham’s interest in Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard (L)
Moyes has long admired the skilful 23-year old and sees him as an alternative to Jesse Lingard, who is expected to stay at Manchester United.
West Ham completed the signing of defender Kurt Zouma from Chelsea for £29.8million on Saturday and are in the market for a couple of late loans before the window closes this week.
Sportsmail reported last week how Vlasic had become West Ham’s prime attacking target after Lingard’s return had effectively been ruled out.
Vlasic as a younger player represents greater value.
West Ham completed the signing of defender Kurt Zouma from Chelsea on Saturday
He cost CSKA around £14m from Everton where he was initially signed by former director of football Steve Walsh who discovered Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante for Leicester.
Vlasic impressed fleetingly under manager Ronald Koeman, however, he was disregarded by Koeman’s successor Marco Silva and told he had no future at the club.
After an initial loan with CSKA, he signed a permanent deal and scored 25 goals in his first two seasons attracting interest from Real Madrid and AC Milan.
West Ham expect to have a deal agreed over the next 24 hours.
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