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, following weeks of speculation as to whether or not the wing-back will be making a move to the London Stadium this summer, David Moyes and Rob Newman remain in talks with the 29-year-old and his representatives regarding a switch.
The journalist went on to state that two unnamed Italian clubs are also interested in a move for the Eintracht Frankfurt defender, while it is suggested that Kostic remains undecided on his immediate future – with the Serbia international not believed to have ruled out remaining at The Waldstadion for a further year before leaving on a free next June.
In his tweet, Sheth said: “Talks continue between West Ham United & Eintracht Frankfurt over the signing of Filip Kostic. Two Italian clubs also interested. No final decision from Kostic. Staying at Frankfurt – and leaving as a free agent next summer – not ruled out.”
With it being reported that Moyes is looking to sign a left-back who is capable of taking set-pieces, is dangerous going forwards and is capable of operating in a more advanced position on the left flank, it is not difficult to understand why Newman is targeting a move for Kostic ahead of West Ham’s 2022/23 campaign.
Indeed, the £21.6m-rated Serbian is arguably one of the most creative wings-backs currently playing the game, having scored 33 goals – four of which came from direct free-kicks – and registered 64 assists over his 170 appearances in all competitions for Frankfurt – averaging a direct goal contribution every 152 minutes of football played.
To put this into context, over Manuel Lanzini’s 202 fixtures in all competitions for the Hammers, the attacking midfielder has scored 29 goals and registered 27 assists, while Kostic also betters right winger Jarrod Bowen’s direct goal contribution average of one every 158 minutes of football played for West Ham.
Furthermore, with the £43k-per-week talent having also made 182 appearances on the left-wing, 18 appearances on the right wing, five appearances at centre-forward and three appearances in both central and attacking midfield over the course of his career, it is clear to see that Kostic is exactly the type of versatile full-back Moyes is after.
As such, with it being reported that the 48-cap international is available for a fee of around €22m (£18.5m) this summer, it would appear highly advisable for Newman to do everything he can to convince the player who Fredi Bobic dubbed “extraordinary” of a move to east London ahead of either remaining in Germany or moving to Italy, as it is evident that the 29-year-old would be a dream addition to Moyes’ first-team squad ahead of the club’s 2022/23 campaign.