West Ham have allowed Nikola Vlasic to join Italian club Torino just a year after signing him from CSKA Moscow for £27million.
The central attacking midfielder, who can also play on either wing, made his West Ham debut in the goalless Premier League draw with Southampton last September. He went on to play 31 times in all competitions under David Moyes, registering just one goal and two assists.
An accomplished Croatia international, Vlasic was expected to make a big impact at the London Stadium. However, he mainly had to settle for short substitute appearances in league games and never fully got Moyes’ trust.
His only goal for the Hammers came in the 4-1 away win over Watford in December.
Moyes recently told Vlasic he is not in his plans for the new season and the attacker has left east London as a result.
He has joined Serie A side Torino on a season-long loan, which includes the option to buy. According to Fabrizio Romano, Torino can buy Vlasic next summer – if he impresses coaches there – for just £12.6m.
Selling the 24-year-old for this much would see West Ham take a £14.4m hit. Moyes’ side have made some clever signings in recent years, such as Craig Dawson and Tomas Soucek, but Vlasic is certainly not one of them.
A club statement on the transfer ended with: ‘Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Nikola the best for his loan spell in Turin.’
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The player will be looking to get back to his best while in Italy, following a disappointing year in the Premier League.
Of course, there is a chance Vlasic could still get into the West Ham team next year, if Torino opt against signing him permanently.
But Moyes has strong options in the positions just behind the strikers and out wide. These include Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini and new signing Maxwel Cornet. As a result, it’s hard to imagine Vlasic ever appearing in a West Ham shirt in a competitive match again.