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Mislav Orsic: West Ham register interest in Dinamo Zagreb star eyed by Arsenal

David Moyes can potentially land West Ham United’s dream Sebastien Haller heir in Dinamo Zagreb forward Mislav Orsic.

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According to Football Insider, the Irons have approached Dinamo Zagreb to open discussions over a potential summer swoop for the Croatia international.

West Ham watched the attacker break Tottenham Hotspur’s hearts in the Europa League recently with a hat-trick to seal an unlikely round of 16 win, having trailed by two goals after the first leg.

Should West Ham sign Dinamo Zagreb’s Orsic?

Yes, he looks exciting

Yes, he looks exciting

No, he isn't good enough

No, he isn't good enough

Orsic’s efforts at home to the north Londoners have scouts on alert as shortlists begin to be drawn up for the summer transfer market, with Arsenal also said to be keen. The Gunners have likewise registered their interest in him, with Dinamo Zagreb after sounding out the Prva HNL side’s asking price, which remains to be seen.

Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the 28-year-old as he strives to bolster the attacking options at the Emirates Stadium, where Willian and Nicolas Pepe have often shown inconsistent form.

Orsic is enjoying a remarkable campaign in front of goal, with his hat-trick over Spurs taking his record to 19 for the season while assisting a further eight goals in all competitions.

Four of his goals and three of his assists have come in his last three Prva HNL appearances, moving to within two goals of a career-best return of 21 for a single season, which he achieved last term.

Should West Ham sign Dinamo Zagreb’s Orsic?

Orsic could represent West Ham’s dream Haller heir, despite being a natural wide option, as his ability to play through the centre would allow Moyes to put the 28-year-old on the same path that Michail Antonio took during the 2017/18 season.

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Antonio had proven in his first two-and-a-half-years at the London Stadium that he could represent a versatile option, with Slaven Bilic awarding him minutes across the right channel and on either wing.

It was not until the initial arrival of Moyes in 2017 that Antonio established a regular place for himself at centre-forward, a position he would again occupy following Manuel Pellegrini’s sacking having played a wider role under the Chilean.

Moyes has not looked back on playing Antonio centrally since his return to east London, with the 30-year-old striking eight of his nine goals in the Premier League under the Scot last term from a central position.

All seven of Antonio’s top-flight goals this season have come at striker, while providing five assists – only Tomas Soucek (nine) has scored more often for West Ham, while only Aaron Cresswell (seven) has been credited with creating more goals.

Orsic’s hat-trick against Spurs was not the first time that the £6.75m-rated forward has made a European night his playground either, having netted three times against Atalanta in the Champions League group stage last season before the Serie A side reached the quarter-finals.

After that game 18 months ago, former Dinamo Zagreb head coach Nenad Bjelica claimed, via quotes shared by Birmingham Live amid a potential £8m move to West Bromwich Albion: “He talks with his goals.

“That’s one very honest guy who is sacrificing himself for the team. Mislav is a Zagreb boy who has had a very difficult journey, and by his own merit he has arrived at this level.”

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