A key update has emerged on West Ham target Nikola Maksimovic, regarding where he wants to go this summer.
According to The Sunday Mirror (03/07, p77), as transcribed by Hammers News, West Ham transfer target Nikola Maksimovic is eyeing a transfer to the Premier League this summer as he wants to test himself in England. He is currently a free agent after leaving Serie A side Napoli and is available to speak with any interested parties.
The Hammers have been touted with the Serbian defender in recent weeks, with David Moyes eyeing additions to this squad ahead of next season.
Moyes must sanction a deal to land Maksimovic following this latest update on his future. The defender is seemingly gunning for a switch to England and West Ham, of course, would be able to provide him with that by offering him a contract at the London Stadium.
This news could be a key boost to the club’s chances of being able to bring him in ahead of clubs in leagues outside of England, whether that be remaining in the Serie A or teams in the Bundesliga or La Liga, for example.
His availability on a free transfer could also make it an attractive prospect for the London-based outfit. The Serbian’s contract at Napoli expiring means that West Ham will avoid having to pay a transfer fee for his services and will only need to worry about his wages and signing on fee, which could save them money which can then be used on other areas of the squad.
He also has the quality to potentially thrive at the Premier League level and be an asset for Moyes. Former Torino manager Giampiero Ventura lavished praise on the centre-back earlier this summer, claiming that he is an important player with “great potential” to improve.
“I really liked Maksimovic, although he needed a bit of time to establish himself.
“He didn’t play for the first four months (after joining from Spartak Moscow) because he needed to adapt to Italian football, but once he was in the team, he never came out again.
“Maksimovic was a very important player for us, a defender with great potential.”
The £36k-per-week powerhouse did not enjoy the best of seasons with Napoli last term, as he was restricted to 12 starts and came off the bench five times. However, in the 2019/20 campaign, he averaged a solid WhoScored rating of 6.79 in 21 starts for the Italian giants and has enjoyed six seasons in the Serie A averaging a score of 6.79 or higher for Napoli and Torino.
This shows that he has the ability to play at the top level and that he could be a beast at the heart of West Ham’s defence.