West Ham have joined London rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Dinamo Zagreb forward Mislav Orsic, according to a report.
Orsic made a name for himself last week by scoring a hat-trick that knocked Tottenham out of the Europa League. The winger has since emerged onto the radar of a number of Premier League clubs and now the Hammers are getting involved.
Recent reports suggested that Arsenal could make a move for Orsic if they cannot sign Martin Odegaard permanently. The Gunners may have to work with a tighter budget and the Croatian could be a cost-effective option.
However, it seems they are not the only team trying to lure him to London. According to Football Insider, West Ham are making moves to sign Orsic.
The website confirms that Arsenal are also interested and have been in contact with Dinamo Zagreb. The same goes for West Ham, though, as the two London sides tussle for the attacker.
With 53 goals and 25 assists from 122 games for Dinamo, he has shown his capabilities. Now, the 28-year-old could be ready to take the next step.
It is claimed that West Ham and Arsenal have asked the Croatian club how much it would take to sign Orsic in the summer. However, the report does not clarify what the response was.
Orsic is under contract in Zagreb, where he has scored 19 goals this season, until 2025. He only signed a new deal last month, but big clubs could soon test Dinamo’s resolve.
Orsic may replace Lanzini
West Ham’s interest in Orsic may be a consequence of rumours that Manuel Lanzini is looking to leave the club.
The Argentine made a positive impression after joining the Hammers in 2016. However, injuries have set him off course somewhat.
The positive impact made by Jesse Lingard since his arrival on loan from Manchester United in January has further reduced Lanzini’s chances. Therefore, he is considering his future.
According to Football Insider, Lanzini wants to leave the London Stadium in the summer for a fresh challenge elsewhere.
That may force the club to act by signing a replacement – while they will also face a decision about whether to try to sign Lingard permanently.