Serbian set for Upton Park move.
West Ham have opened talks over a £5million deal to sign Inter Milan midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic, reports the Metro.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is eyeing bargain deals for the remainder of the summer, having spent the bulk of his transfer budget on Liverpool and England striker Andy Carroll, who signed in a £15million deal last month. Inter Milan are reportedly considering selling Kuzmanovic this summer, just six months after he joined the club.
Having joined in January from German side Stuttgart, the 25-year old midfielder has made a string of disappointing appearances for Inter, and manager Walter Marazzi is willing to part company with the Serbian, with Allardyce weighing up a £5million offer for him. The Irons are willing to go as high as £5million for the midfielder, but will throw up a season-long loan option for him.
In search of more midfield options, Allardyce has identified Bolton’s Stuart Holden and Wigan’s James McCarthy as potential additions this summer, as well as bringing ex- Schalke and FC Twente midfielder Orlando Engelaar on trial, following his release from PSV this summer. Kuzmanovic will reportedly be offered a four-year contract, and will become one of the highest earners at the club.
The Hammers are also set to complete the £6.7million signing of Estudiantes striker Duvan Zapata in the coming weeks. The 22-year old Colombian forward, formerly a target of AS Roma, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund, had his release clause triggered in his contract, and has agreed personal terms with the club. The club are awaiting the response for a work permit application, allowing Zapata to join the club soon.