West Ham have reportedly decided to let Nikola Vlasic leave the club this summer – less than a year after they paid the fourth biggest fee in their history to bring him to the London Stadium.
The Croatian forward moved to east London in August 2021, the Hammers paying £27m to CSKA Moscow for his services. Signing a five-year contract, Vlasic is only behind Sebastian Haller, Felipe Anderson and Kurt Zouma in terms of costliest-ever Hammers transfers.
However, Vlasic is yet to convince in a Hammers shirt with the 24-year-old in and out of David Moyes’ side.
Indeed, he made 36 appearances in all competitions, only scoring once and adding three assists.
Now, according to reports, Moyes has decided to allow Vlasic to leave. Knowing any sale would see West Ham suffer a huge loss, the Hammers boss instead intends to send Vlasic out on a season’s loan.
As per Dalmatinski, they claim he has come to the realisation that a year elsewhere can allow Vlasic to rebuild his confidence.
And the Croatian paper claims the player’s former Hajduk Split are leading that chase.
They are not the only club keen with Torino – now under the management of his countryman, Ivan Juric – also in pursuit.
In fact, the Serie A outfit are described as the most ‘promising’ option and the ‘most likely’ destination for Vlasic.
They can reportedly offer West Ham a more lucrative package than Split. As such, Moyes is now reportedly weighing up their approach.
Nikola Vlasic can benefit from loan departure
It’s a shame the move to the London Stadium has not yet worked out for Vlasic. He is clearly a very talented player and the move to West Ham certainly looked a good fit.
He perhaps struggled a little given the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma can also play a similar role for the club.
His struggles appear even more surprising with Declan Rice revealing the Croatian is hugely talented. And he has previously urged Moyes to consider given Vlasic a more regular role.
On a Soccer AM YouTube video, the England midfielder praised Vlasic for his strength.
“I would put him in there, I would say that he’s one of the top three strongest players I’ve played with as well, he is so strong,” he said.
Perhaps a temporary move away though will be in the best interests of all parties.
A move to Torino, for example, can help Vlasic rebuild his fragile confidence and get him back among the goals and assists. And while Serie A is a tough league, he may find it easier to impose himself in Italy.