West Ham have shown serious interest in signing Real Madrid pair Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz in January, according to a report.
The Hammers made two new signings in the recent transfer window, bringing in Said Benrahma and Vladimir Coufal.
David Moyes’ side faced criticism for their lack of top new talent, something which club chief David Sullivan addressed with his outspoken comments.
According to Defensa Central, however, West Ham have ambitious plans for the January transfer window.
The east London club are reportedly planning moves for Jovic and/or Diaz to beef up their attack. Michail Antonio has enjoyed fantastic form this season but there is a desire to add more talent.
Indeed, that desire comes after Benrahma’s loan signing, a deal which West Ham will likely make permanent next summer.
Defensa Central adds, meanwhile, that Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane ‘doesn’t trust’ Jovic and Diaz. What’s more, he has ‘totally abandoned’ the pair, who are free to leave.
But there is uncertainty as to the terms of potential exits for both players. Jovic has struggled for form since his summer 2019 move but Madrid chiefs recognise his potential.
As such, they are only willing to loan him out in January. But Jovic could look to seal a permanent move anyway, against the wishes of his club.
As for Diaz, Madrid are open to selling him but Defensa Central says that, in the past, the player has failed to find a ‘feasible’ route out of the Spanish capital.
Jovic has only scored two goals in 32 games for Madrid since his move from Eintracht Frankfurt. Diaz, meanwhile, has only played 14 minutes of football this season.
West Ham’s growing attacking potential
Amid talk of West Ham signing a new attacker in January, striker Antonio has maintained the form he showed towards the end of last season.
He has scored three Premier League goals in six games, missing out recently due to a hamstring injury. However, the 30-year-old could return this weekend to face Sheffield United.
Benrahma, meanwhile, is still building up his fitness and has only played 19 top-flight minutes since his move.
However, he showed electric form at Brentford before stepping up a division.