West Ham confirm signing of Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow

Tom Gott
West Ham have signed Vlasic
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West Ham United have confirmed the arrival of Croatia forward Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow on a permanent deal.

Hammers boss David Moyes has been looking for someone to pay in the 10 role ever since Jesse Lingard's loan from Manchester United came to an end this summer.

Talks were held with United over a deal to bring Lingard back but the two sides could not agree on a fee, forcing West Ham to consider other options.

They eventually settled on Vlasic, and the club took to their official website to confirm a deal has been done to bring the 23-year-old in to the club on a permanent deal.

Vlasic, who is primarily a 10 but is also comfortable out on the wing, arrives at the club off the back of an excellent season with CSKA, in which he racked up 12 goals and a further six assists in all competitions.

West Ham, who had been scouting Vlasic extensively as preparation for their battle to re-sign Lingard, will now give the Croatia international a second chance at life in the Premier League, having seen him struggle on the books at Everton earlier in his career.

Vlasic moved to Goodison Park in the summer of 2017 when he was still a teenager and struggled to adjust to life in England. He failed to score in his 12 Premier League appearances but did find the back of the net twice in the Europa League.

He was shipped out on loan to CSKA the following summer and wasted little time in impressing those in charge at the Russian side, and he has developed into a genuine goal-scoring threat from the tip of midfield.

Vlasic becomes West Ham's fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Craig Dawson, Alphonse Areola and Kurt Zouma.