German website Frankfurter Rundschau have claimed that West Ham United made an offer to bring Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic to the London Stadium earlier this month – before he returned to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Jovic, 23, joined Real Madrid for £52million (Mail) from Frankfurt in the summer of 2019 but only scored two goals in 32 appearances – with the form of Karim Benzema keeping the Serbia international on the sidelines.
The former Benfica man has chosen to rejoin a side where he scored 36 goals in 75 appearances as he looks to restore his confidence and goalscoring touch. But he could have joined West Ham, according to the latest report.
Indeed, FR state that Jovic was the subject of an offer from David Moyes’ Hammers. However, the East London side were not alone in their interest with Frankfurt, Milan and Napoli all making bids for the powerful striker.
TBR’s view – Have West Ham missed a trick?
Jovic needs confidence, and the only way he is going to get that is by scoring goals. At West Ham, Jovic would have to adapt to new surroundings and fit into a style of play that is certainly more defensive than attacking.
The Serbian would have been a decent signing, but for the striker himself, a return to Frankfurt was clearly the best move as it sees him return to familiar surroundings – a place where he knows he is capable of scoring goals.
The Hammers are better looking for a striker who is in form, rather than one who is struggling to find form.