By Dave Langton
West Ham are facing up to making a huge loss on Nikola Vlasic this summer.
But boss David Moyes is seemingly willing to do so on the Croatia international, who has struggled immensely throughout his time at the London Stadium without being given little chance to show what he may or may not have.
Signed for £27m last summer, he made just six starts in the Premier League and scored only one goal, in a 4-1 win over Watford, who were relegated.
Moyes would happily sell Vlasic this summer but there are significant doubts over whether any club will be willing to pay anything close to the £27m he was signed for – £2.7 million may be closer.
Vlasic’s asking price is further enlarged by the fact that he signed a five-year contract when he arrived, tying him to the Hammers until 2026.
The Hammers have previously seen big-money signings leave for a significant loss, with the most notable perhaps being Seb Haller. He arrived for £45m and was sold for £20m, a fee that arrived in instalments from Ajax.
And Vlasic’s situation is remarkably similar but it is unlikely that a club will be as willing to take him as Ajax were to take Haller.
Moyes may well be stuck with an albatross around his neck, here as was the case with Jordan Hugill!
More than a tad worrying methinks!