According to a report from Spanish media outlet Cadena Cope, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is ready to put his full trust in Luka Jovic rather than make a €70 million (£63 million) move for Erling Braut Haaland this summer. And that is obviously bad news for West Ham.
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It was reported last week by 90 Min that the Hammers want to sign the 22-year-old striker Luka Jovic this summer.
Madrid signed the talented young striker from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer for around £52 million (Daily Mail).
But he has struggled to establish himself at the Bernabeu. Jovic has scored just two goals in 24 games for the Spanish giants so far this season (Transfermarkt).
And the Sun claims that Los Blacos could now sell the Serbian hitman for around £50 million.
Now, the claims suggesting that Jovic could join West Ham are far-fetched to say the least. And not many Hammers fans would have been holding out any hope that the 22-year-old would swap Madrid for east London.
These are funny old times, however. And if the Hammers could have found a way to get that reported price-tag down, Jovic would have been a great signing for them. Especially considering the fact that he would have been able to link up with his old mate Sebastien Haller.
But West Ham’s hopes now appear to be dead in the water.
Cadena Cope claim that Zidane is ready to put his full trust in the Serbia international, rather than make a £63 million move for Borussia Dortmund ace Haaland.
If that does turn out to be the case, the Hammers have no chance.
But in truth, perhaps they never did in the first place.
And David Moyes will surely now have to identify some more realistic targets at the end of the season.