David Moyes can sign West Ham United an attacking project by launching a summer swoop for Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic.
According to Calciomercato, the Hammers and Borussia Dortmund are monitoring Vlahovic’s situation, having been attracted by the 21-year-old’s form in the Serie A this term.
The four-cap Serbia international is enjoying his best season in front of the net in his senior career to date with nine goals in 24 league games, following a previous high of six in 30 outings during the delayed 2019/20 campaign.
Vlahovic has further started more Italian top-flight fixtures (21) while featuring for more minutes (1,775) this term than he has in any previous campaign, having bettered last season’s record of 13 starts plus 1,515 minutes on the field and in fewer available games.
His current €8,500-per-week (£7.5k-p/w) contract at the Artemio Franchi Stadium is due to run until 2023, but the Partizan Belgrade product stated in January that he is open to a possible extension and that his agent had already reached out to the Viola hierarchy.
“I’m a Fiorentina player and I only think of Fiorentina,” Vlahovic told Sky Sport Italia, via quotes shared by Football Italia. “My agent talks about the renewal. I like Florence, I like Fiorentina, so… why not?”
His possible continued presence with Fiorentina marks a sizable turn around in fortunes from the off-season, when only the late intervention by head coach Giuseppe Iachini – who was fired in November – prevented a deal being agreed with AS Roma or Hellas Verona.
It remains to be seen how or if Vlahovic can maintain his current form over the final third of the Serie A season, having started the campaign poorly under Iachini before finding his final touch following the appointment of Cesare Prandelli.
Vlahovic had scored just once in six Italian top-flight games this season before La Viola parted with Iachini, but the youngster has since struck eight in 14 games after a four-match drought to kick off Prandelli’s reign.
However, scoring regularly against elite-calibre sides remains a challenge for the 6 ft 2 Serbian, with Vlahovic unable to find the back of the net against AC Milan, Atalanta, Napoli, Inter Milan or Roma.
Those clubs represent five of the top seven in the Serie A standings, although he did score during Fiorentina’s surprise 3-0 win away to reigning champions Juventus in December and in defeat to SS Lazio in January.
West Ham moving to sign Vlahovic in the summer amid their on-going search for Sebastien Haller’s successor would thus see Moyes strive to acquire a new project in the £14.4m-rated talent, who idolises Sweden great Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“He is a legend, I love him,” Vlahovic told The Gazzetta dello Sport, via quotes by Football Italia. “My friends used to call me Ibra because I walked with wide feet like Zlatan, but it was not to imitate the legend. It just came so naturally.
“I have been following the Swedish star since he played for Inter. Then, I accompanied him as a fan on his adventure in Barcelona and the American experience. And now at Milan.”
Moyes may prefer to sign a more proven option to fill the void left by Haller joining AFC Ajax in January, but the right deal could see Vlahovic offer solid depth at the London Stadium that the former Manchester United boss can mould into a player of his own making.