According to a report by the Daily Star, West Ham United manager David Moyes wants to add free agent defender Nikola Maksimovic to his roster this summer – but he faces competition from Real Betis and Napoli.
The Lowdown: West Ham hunting centre-half…
As explained by Claret & Hugh, West Ham are on the hunt for new centre-backs this summer with that position being a priority.
Maksimovic is on the radar for Moyes and West Ham as well with the Daily Star now sharing an update.
The Latest: Moyes wants Maskimovic for West Ham…
As per the Star, Moyes wants to sign Maksimovic for West Ham this summer but faces stiff competition from Betis – who also want to snap up the free agent after his exit from Napoli.
As well as this, the 29-year-old is weighing up re-signing for his former club after they failed to agree on terms and is back in talks over a potential improved deal.
Indeed, as per this report, West Ham are in a race to sign the 6 foot 3 Serbian colossus as both sides pose a real threat.
Moyes is said to be preparing a ‘big squad restructure’ in east London as they gear up for the Europa League group stages.
The Verdict: Get it done…
After Fabian Balbuena’s departure from the London Stadium, it is arguable that the Irons need to reinforce their options at centre-half and the experienced Maksimovic comes as a solid free option.
Despite starting just 12 Serie A matches last season for Napoli, he averaged a 92.2% pass accuracy out from the back in that time – perhaps pointing to a cool and composed defender who could be a real asset for West Ham (WhoScored).
For no transfer fee, the 25-cap international serves as a potentially fruitful acquisition in a difficult market marred by coronavirus.
However, if Moyes and the club do want to get a deal done, they may need to intervene quickly going by this report.
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