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Report: West Ham targeting Vlasic as a backup to Lingard

West Ham will target ex-Everton ace Nikola Vlasic as a backup to Jesse Lingard, claims The Telegraph.

What’s the story?

The Irons are interested in bringing back the Manchester United attacker this summer.

However, have so far been frustrated in their efforts to sign the player.

Reports from The Express claimed the Red Devils had dropped their asking price for the England international. That comes after comments from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Lingard would stay this season.

But, the Hammers have taken precautions if they fail to sign the 28-year-old.

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They are targeting the former Blues man, who is currently at CSKA Moscow after leaving Everton in 2019 for £14m.

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Vlasic would be a great backup to Lingard for West Ham

His time with Everton was something of a failure.

The Croatian international made just 19 appearances at Goodison Park. However, Vlasic has since kicked on following his move to Russia.

He was the main man for the outfit, who finished in a dismal sixth place.

Despite the struggles, the 23-year-old scored 11 times and registered five assists in just 26 Premier Liga games last season.

There are not many goalscorers in the transfer market to plug a gap for David Moyes.

The need for an attacker is extremely high with the Hammers one injury away from disaster.

You have to take any opportunity you can get. And if a move for Lingard fails, it’s good to see the east Londoners have got a backup option.

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