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Napoli main Torino in race to signal Nikola Vlasic on mortgage from West Ham

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Napoli have jumped forward of Torino within the race to signal attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic on mortgage from West Ham United, 90min understands.

The 24-year-old joined the Hammers on a five-year deal final summer time however struggled to seek out his toes throughout a troublesome first season at London Stadium.

Vlasic performed 31 instances in all competitions, scoring as soon as within the snug 4-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Highway, however was afforded simply 552 minutes of Premier League soccer by David Moyes.

With West Ham strengthening their attacking choices with the £17.5m signing of Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet final Friday, 90min understands that the membership are prepared to permit Vlasic to depart regardless of Moyes’ and head of recruitment Rob Newman’s want so as to add additional signings.

The Scot emphasised the necessity for contemporary faces in his squad following the 2-0 defeat to reigning champions Manchester Metropolis on the opening day, admitting that issues are a bit ‘stale’ at London Stadium.

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Torino have been actively pursuing Vlasic for the previous few weeks within the hope of agreeing a mortgage deal, however 90min has realized that Napoli – who’ve had a longstanding curiosity within the Croatian that dates again to his time at CSKA Moscow – are actually main the cost for his signature.

The Serie A giants want to land Vlasic on a season-long mortgage take care of possibility to purchase – not the compulsory purchase clause that 90min understands West Ham are in search of. Nonetheless, a swap to Italy is now trying possible, which may open up the potential for Moyes signing one other attacking midfielder earlier than the switch window closes.

West Ham have signed Cornet, Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola and Flynn Downes to date this summer time, however are hopeful of finishing offers for a minimum of two or three extra gamers.

By way of outgoings, 90min understands {that a} deal to take central defender Issa Diop to Fulham is progressing. The Frenchman, whose want to depart the membership has persuaded West Ham to sanction an exit, was unnoticed of the Hammers’ squad for the sport towards Metropolis, leaving Ben Johnson to step into an unfamiliar position alongside Kurt Zouma.


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