Serie A side ‘close’ to completing loan move for £34.5m West Ham man

TuttoMercatoWeb say West Ham are ‘close’ to sending Croatian attacker Nikola Vlasic to Serie A side Torino on loan. Vlasic has struggled since his big-money move to West Ham, under David Moyes.

Vlasic, 24, returned to the Premier League last summer when West Ham bought him for a whopping £34.5million (BBC). It comes after a spell with Everton, where any felt he did not get a proper chance to stake his claim.

Moving to CSKA Moscow, Vlasic was excellent. He had a hand in 54 goals during 108 appearances and that convinced West Ham to spend big. But just one goal and three assists in 36 games has seen Vlasic slip down the pecking order.

While he only started 19 of those 36 and completed 90 minutes on just two occasions, Moyes is clearly open to a loan exit. TMW say Torino are ‘close’ to securing the loan signing of the Croatia international.

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West Ham close to sending Vlasic to Torino

Reports emerged over the weekend that West Ham were already considering a permanent exit for Vlasic. However, it seems unlikely that they would sell him now, given his big transfer fee and he has a contract at 2026.

He has plenty of time to turn it around and a loan move makes much more sense. Joining a club in Torino, he will get the chance to start most matches and show West Ham what he is capable of.

A player Moyes said in December is capable of both “accuracy” and “power” when shooting, Vlasic can show why he cost £34.5million. But it will be interesting to see if Torino have a permanent clause in any deal.

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