Report: West Ham make enquiry over absolutely 'excellent' £13m World Cup midfielder
West Ham United have reportedly asked for information about Serbia international midfielder Sasa Lukic.
This is according to Tuttosport, who claim the Hammers are now curious about a player Torino have offered to them.
In summer, West Ham struck a deal with the Italians over a season-long loan spell for Nikola Vlasic.
The Hammers have also given Torino the option to buy the 25-year-old for a reported €15m (£13m) fee.
Tuttosport, via Sport Witness, claim that the Granata have asked West Ham if they can pay less for Vlasic.
And now, it seems as though West Ham want to know more.
The Hammers have apparently ‘asked for information’ about the Serbia international.
Previous reports have claimed that Davide Vagnati has placed a €15m (£13m) price tag on Lukic.
This is the same reported value as Vlasic, but in this case, you’d think that Lukic would be part of a player-plus-cash deal instead of a straight swap.
‘Off-the-ball movement and availability all over the pitch’
Lukic, who teammate Gleison Bremer has deemed ‘excellent‘, seems like a pretty good shout for West Ham.
He is a player in his peak years, with experience at the highest level, who seems eager to move and won’t break the bank.
And with Vlasic all-but set to leave West Ham, this could be a solution which benefits all parties.
Scouting website Breaking the Lines previewed the Serbia squad ahead of the World Cup, and Lukic gets a mention.
‘Gudelj can be found in the bottom right corner under ‘high retention anchormen’, which describes his role to a tee,’ they wrote.
‘Now, if you look just to the left, you can find another Serbian midfielder, namely Sasa Lukic.
‘With Gudelj out injured during the last international break, Lukic took his chance.
‘He was asked to replace the anchorman and did so, in his own way.
‘Lukic is great at finding pockets of space to help connect players in different phases of the attack.
‘Obviously, there are several differences between them, but the main one is movement.
‘While Gudelj is fairly static and barely leaves his own half, one of Lukic’s main qualities is his off-the-ball movement and availability all over the pitch.’
Lukic started every one of his nation’s games in Qatar, where he showed off his technical ability in possession.
As per Whoscored, he averaged 1.4 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 0.8 clearances per game at the tournament.
He also made 43.7 passes on average per match and recorded a completion rate of 88.7 percent