West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Filip Kostic to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet Calciomercato, who claim that David Moyes’ side have joined the likes of Inter Milan, Lazio, AFC Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Arsenal in the race for the Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder this month.
A further report by Italian publication Tuttosport claimed that the Bundesliga side would not be willing to listen to offers below €10m (£8.5m) for the Serbia international in January, although Calciomercato suggest that Frankfurt are unlikely to want to part with the 29-year-old in the winter market.
Considering just how impressive Kostic has been in Germany so far this season, it is easy to see why Moyes would be keen on a deal to bring the versatile midfielder to the London Stadium this month.
Indeed, over his 17 Bundesliga outings in the current campaign, the £18m-rated man has been in astonishing form, having bagged three goals, registered seven assists and created a remarkable 14 big chances for his teammates – with no other player in the German top-flight having created more – as well as making an average of 2.8 key passes and taking 1.9 shots per game.
These returns have seen the £43k-per-week midfielder – who can also play further forward on the left-wing – average an extraordinary SofaScore match rating of 7.36, not only ranking him as Frankfurt’s best performer in the division, but also as the ninth-best player in the league as a whole.
And, while it is true that Pablo Fornals has been in improved form on the left-hand side of the West Ham attack so far this season – scoring four goals, registering two assists and creating four big chances over his 18 Premier League appearances – the Spain international’s returns still pale in comparison to those of Dimitri Payet back in 2015/16.
Indeed, over the France international’s 30 Premier League outings that season, the winger scored nine goals, provided 12 assists and created 16 big chances for his teammates, returns which saw the now-34-year-old earn an out of this world seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.68.
As such, should Moyes and Rob Newman be able to seal a deal for Kostic this winter, and the player who Kevin Trapp dubbed a “monster” goes on to continue his remarkable form for Frankfurt at the London Stadium, the 58-year-old manager could well have the club’s next Payet on their hands – something that is undoubtedly an incredibly exciting prospect for everyone involved with the Hammers.