West Ham are after Sporting Lisbon and Montenegro star attacking midfielder, Simon Vukcevic, according to reports today.
The 24-year old has been highly rated for some time and anyone that has seen him play for Montenegro in their Euro 2012 Qualifying campaign would say the same. By far he has been, alongside teammate Mirko Vucinic (don’t get the two confused now), the ‘best player in the group’. Well, certainly better than any of England’s players whilst playing for England.
For me, the most amazing thing about this transfer is the fact that Sporting Lisbon are giving serious consideration to the £6m bid for a player that some sources rate as being valued as highly as £16-17m.
The reason for this must be the ‘character issues’, as American Sports writers would call it, that have plagued his career up until this point. At Partizan Belgrade, he was accused of being a solo artist and not playing within the team. Then, at Saturn Moscow, the press said that he had a bad attitude and particularly towards the end of his stint there became very outspoken.
Even at Sporting Lisbon, he had an ongoing row with former coach, Paulo Bento, now in charge of the national team. That even got so bad that Vukcevic himself announced he would be leaving in the January 2009 transfer window, a move that never materialised.
Six Months before that, both Bolton and Blackburn were rumoured to have placed £5m bids in for Vukcevic that were rejected out of hand, but with things deteriorating further, Sporting might be ready to cut and run.
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