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Report: West Ham eye free agent who wants Premier League move

West Ham United are eyeing a move to sign defender Nikola Maksimovic, according to The Sunday Mirror (Print Edition; page 77). The Hammers are battling La Liga outfit Real Betis to secure his signature.

Both interested parties have made offers to the defender. He was released by the Serie A big hitters at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

He made 27 appearances last season but didn’t do enough to earn an extension. Now, West Ham hope to bolster their ranks by moving for the player.

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The 29-year-old operates at centre-back and lists Torino, FK Sloboda Uzice, Red Star Belgrade and Spartak Moscow as his former clubs.

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Maksimovic has 25 caps for Serbia and is a brute of a defender. He is strong in the tackle and dynamite in the air.

West Ham do have options at central defence but with doubts over the future of a couple of players, reinforcements are being sought.

The Hammers do hold an advantage on Real Betis. It is claimed in the report that he prefers a move to the Premier League over La Liga.

He left Napoli after failing to agree to terms on a new one-year contract. As a result, it seems as though he will need a lengthy contract in order to commit to a new club.

Il Matino claims that Jose Mourinho fancied the player when he was in charge at Tottenham.

West Ham could get a shrewd player in Maksimovic

The big Serbian is a decent player and he could prove to be a very good player.

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David Moyes has shopped well since joining the club for a second time. Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek have proved two really good signings, in particular.

Maksimovic would represent another player signing who perhaps isn’t a household name. West Ham fans need to trust the process though and Moyes might just hit the jackpot again by signing the Serbian.

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