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West Ham Close To Sealing € 30 Million Deal For CSKA Moscow Midfielder Nikola Vlasic | West Ham United


West Ham are close to strengthening their attack by signing Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow for € 30 million (£ 25.7 million).

David Moyes is eager to increase the size of his squad before his team begins its Europa League campaign and West Ham intends to back its coach before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. The club improved their defense by signing Chelsea center-back Kurt Zouma for £ 29.8 million on Saturday night and their spending has yet to end.

Moyes has fueled the search for Vlasic, which has vastly improved since ending a disappointing two-year spell at Everton in 2019. The 23-year-old, who plays No. 10, was part of the Croatia squad at Euro 2020. and it has also interested Milan this summer. West Ham believes he is ready to play in the Premier League after seeing his performances at CSKA. The deal is nearing completion and will also include € 8 million in add-ons.

West Ham had also discussed whether a deal was possible for Jesse Lingard. The Manchester United player impressed during a loan spell at West Ham last season and the 28-year-old is unlikely to be a regular starter for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side this season.

The London Stadium club have been put off by the £ 25m fee United is demanding for Lingard, who has only one year left on his current contract. Vlasic, five years younger than Lingard, is better value for money. The Croatian will compete with Saïd Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen in the center of the offensive field.

Moyes admitted he needs more options up front after West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. Michail Antonio has been West Ham’s only senior forward since January and has repeatedly struggled with hamstring problems. However, West Ham have found it difficult to find a suitable substitute striker for Antonio, who has four goals this season, so he has decided to focus on attacking midfield.

West Ham has also signed Alphonse Areola on a one-season loan from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The goalkeeper is providing competition for Lukasz Fabianski, who has started all three of the Hammers’ Premier League games so far.

Burnley spends £ 15m on the Lyon Cornet

Burnley has signed Côte d’Ivoire international left-back Maxwel Cornet from Lyon for a fee of £ 15 million. Cornet joins a five-year agreement with the Clarets confirming “one of the largest transfer agreements in Burnley history.”

“I am excited to join Burnley in the Premier League and play with and against many of the best players in the world,” said Cornet. “I have developed the utmost respect for Burnley and for what the club has done. I welcome the challenge of hard work and am fully committed to doing all I can to contribute. ”

Cornet, who can operate on either flank and play higher, spent seven years at Lyon, scoring 51 goals. He helped Lyon surprise Manchester City in the 2019-20 Champions League, scoring in a 3-1 quarter-final victory. Pennsylvania


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