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Hammers won’t change mind on midfielder

By Hughie Southon

West Ham have no intention of changing their minds by bringing Nikola Vlasic back to the club.

The £25 million signing was sent on loan to Torino and there is also interest from the Russian League after his impressive performances in Italy.

Many believed that given his progress on loan, the Hammers could be interested in bringing him back at the end of the season.

Torino have yet to decide whether to make the deal permanent at a knockdown fee of £13 million – nearly half what the Hammers paid CSKA Moscow – but our inquiries at the London Stadium have proved that not to be the case.

We were told categorically that a deal with Torino was still the preferred option as the club looks to fill gaps in the squad elsewhere this summer.

The same is true of Arthur Masuaku who has been injured at Besiktas with the club hoping he will return to action in January and that a deal can be done at the end of the season.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon