West Ham United appear to have missed their opportunity to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic with reports Werder Bremen are in talks over a move for the Serbia international on Deadline Day.
According to Football Insider, Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen have opened talks with Liverpool over a potential move to sign Grujic on Deadline Day with both loan and permanent options on the table.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has given the eight-cap midfielder a green light to land a move away from Anfield before the summer window slams shut at 11pm, having hoped to cash-in on his services at around £20million following his efforts in Germany on loan with Hertha Berlin.
West Ham were recently linked with a potential move for Grujic that could have pit the Irons against Hertha in any pursuit of the 24-year-old’s signature, however the Olympiastadion Berlin natives have since moved on to other targets.
Hertha no longer appear to be courting the idea of re-signing Grujic for what would be a third season, having made great success in their efforts to take Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to Germany.
Reports by Goal claim the Gunners outcast is in advanced talks to join Bruno Labbadia’s side on loan without an option to buy, after Arsenal failed to find a permanent home for the 21-year-old this summer following the breakdown in his relationship with boss Mikel Arteta.
Guendouzi’s move would have cleared some of the path West Ham needed to take if the Irons were to add Grujic to David Moyes’ squad, but instead appear set to watch one of the club’s targets head elsewhere on Deadline Day.
Grujic could have been the ideal late addition to Moyes’ plans given his former BSC teammates lauded him as the complete central midfielder during his time on loan, having shone from box-to-box with SofaScore data showing 1.1 shots and 1.9 tackles a game in the Bundesliga last season.