A transfer decision affecting West Ham United could be brought forward to before the January window, according to reports.
It was a busy summer window for West Ham, who made several tweaks to their squad. David Moyes has seven new players to work with this season thanks to their efforts. There were also several departures from the club in order to keep the squad to the coach’s liking.
One player who exited the London Stadium after a relatively short stay was Nikola Vlasic. The attacking midfielder had only joined the club one year earlier, effectively to replace Jesse Lingard.
However, his impact was minimal. The former Everton flop struggled with his second chance in the Premier League. Hence, West Ham decided to offload him when the opportunity arose.
In August, Vlasic left to sign for Serie A side Torino on a season-long loan. The deal contains an option for the Italian club to sign the Croatia international permanently.
And according to Tuttosport, West Ham could be hearing from Torino about it sooner than expected.
The Turin-based newspaper has revealed that Torino want to talk about activating their option to buy as early as December or January, rather than at the end of the season.
They are conscious of their failure to keep Dennis Praet after his loan spell from Leicester City last season. Torino tried to lowball the Premier League club, but were unsuccessful, so Praet is back at the King Power Stadium this season.
Torino believe in Vlasic’s importance after he scored three goals in six appearances for them in the first few weeks of the Serie A season. Therefore, they want to ensure they can sign him permanently.
The conditions for that to happen have not changed from West Ham’s perspective. It is written into his contract that a payment of €15million to the Hammers will make Vlasic a Torino player for good.
Sorting sale so soon is useful for West Ham
West Ham could therefore be in line to receive a windfall worth around £13million before the next transfer window. Their own plans for January remain unclear. But it could be a timely boost to their hopes of being active again.
With Vlasic out of the door, West Ham will continue to rely on players like Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and new arrival Lucas Paqueta in the attacking midfield areas.
In their most recent game, a Europa Conference League win over Silkeborg, Paqueta played in support of attackers Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet. Attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini also featured, but in a slightly deeper role.
Hence, West Ham have plenty of options that can allow them not to miss Vlasic. After all, he only ever scored one goal for the club from his 31 appearances in all competitions last season.
Torino seem to have provided him with a better fit. Therefore, this time they appear to be convinced of their decision.
Although West Ham will be making a loss on Vlasic compared to what they originally paid, getting some money in for an unwanted player so soon cannot be complained at.