West Ham United have reportedly made an approach to sign former Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic.
The 29-year-old departed the Serie A giants after his contract expired last month, and David Moyes’ charges have now made an offer to the defender in the hope of signing him on a free transfer, according to the print edition of The Sunday Mirror (04/07, p77).
Maksimovic has been heavily linked with a move to the London Stadium in the past, and the Hammers could finally land their man this summer.
West Ham enjoyed a stellar 2020/21 campaign, finishing in sixth position in the Premier League standings.
Their outstanding season earned them a place in next term’s Europa League, meaning significant reinforcements will be needed in east London in order to fight on multiple fronts.
With the departure of Fabian Balbuena leaving Moyes with only Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop to call upon at the heart of defence, a new centre-back is thought to be high up on the Scotsman’s wish list.
And the Serbia international would be an appealing signing to the Hammers’ hierarchy for several reasons.
At 6 ft 3, Maksimovic would have no trouble adapting to the physical demands of the Premier League, but he’s also capable of fulfilling the modern-day duties of a defender.
His availability on a free transfer will also make him an extremely appealing prospect for Moyes and co., allowing West Ham to focus their relatively limited budget on more important and exciting acquisitions.
Therefore, news that the club’s hierarchy have made an approach for Maksimovic will surely have the former Manchester United boss buzzing.
Building on their incredible showing last term will be a difficult task for West Ham, but signing quality, experienced heads such as Maksimovic will make it an achievable goal.