Dharmesh Sheth has dropped an update on the future of reported West Ham United transfer target Filip Kostic.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Sky Sports reporter revealed that David Moyes and his West Ham transfer team are still working on a deal to bring the wing-back to the London Stadium this summer, with Eintracht Frankfurt believed to have rejected the Hammers’ most recent bid of €15m (£12.5m) in the hope of receiving a figure of around €20m (£16.7m) for the 29-year-old.
However, the journalist went on to state that, despite the Serbia international having already rejected two offers from Champions League clubs in the current transfer window, the defender would be willing to consider a move to east London if the Irons manage to agree a fee with the Bundesliga club.
In his tweet, Sheth said: “West Ham United still working on deal to sign Filip Kostic. Bid worth €15m rejected by Eintracht Frankfurt. Valuation thought to be closer to €20m. Kostic already rejected two offers from clubs in CL. Kostic will consider West Ham if deal agreed.”
While it would appear as if West Ham have a way to go before a fee is agreed with Eintracht for the transfer of Kostic, Sheth’s suggestion that the full-back would be willing to consider a move to east London this summer is sure to have left Hammers supporters buzzing.
Indeed, the £21.6m-rated talent would appear to fit Moyes’ criteria for a new left-sided defender perfectly – he is believed to be a player who can take set-pieces, offer a threat in an attacking capacity and can operate further forward on the left flank. The 29-year-old has scored 33 goals – four of which were from direct free-kicks – and registered 63 assists over his 169 appearances for Frankfurt.
The £43.5k-per-week wing-back is also incredibly versatile, having operated from no fewer than seven different positions over the course of his career, including left, central, right and attacking midfield, on the left and right-wing and even at centre-forward.
As such, it would very much appear as if Kostic would be a dream signing for Moyes to bring to West Ham ahead of the club’s 2022/23 campaign. With the Irons looking to be just £4.2m away from agreeing a deal with the German club, it would appear as if the chances of the 29-year-old lining up on the left of the Scotsman’s backline next season are very promising indeed.