West Ham United and Leicester City are preparing to act, with the Sunday Mirror (1/11; page 61) reporting that Real Madrid are ready to loan Luka Jovic out during the January transfer window.
Jovic has endured a tough time since moving to the Bernabeu. As noted by Sky Sports, he cost Los Blancos £52.4 million in 2019. Unfortunately, he has not lived up to expectations.
The 22-year-old has scored just two league goals for Madrid. And it now appears that he could be on the move when the next transfer window opens.
The Sunday Mirror (1/11; page 61) reports that Real are planning to put Jovic on the transfer list. It is claimed that he will be available on loan with an option to buy.
And the Mirror adds that both the Hammers and Foxes are plotting to make a move.
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It would be no surprise if a loan for Jovic still did not come cheap. Sky Sports claimed that he was set to earn £8.7 million a year in Spain ahead of his move.
You would imagine that Madrid will want a significant chunk of his wages covered if he leaves on loan. However, that should not put West Ham off.
If Madrid have written Jovic off, it would be in their best interests to make sure that a loan move appeals to his admirers. That may be the best way to ensure that they are able to offload him permanently next summer.
So there is still potentially a good deal to be had. And if he does not impress on loan, the Hammers do not need to keep him beyond the end of the season.
Jovic scored 27 goals in the Bundesliga and Europa League during his final year with Eintracht Frankfurt. And if he can rediscover anything like that form elsewhere, a loan could be inspired.