According to reports West Ham United are serious about trying to sign Luka Jovic in January.
And it appears the Real Madrid outcast is serious about showcasing his talents to earn a move too.
That’s if his performance for Serbia against Russia last night is anything to go by.
West Ham interest in Jovic ‘very real’
West Ham boss David Moyes is eyeing up a January swoop for Jovic, according to a report from Spanish outlet Defensa Central.
With only Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller to choose from, Moyes is desperate to bring an established striker to the London Stadium in January.
And despite Jovic’s struggles under Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 22-year-old may just be the perfect January option for West Ham.
The Hammers have been linked with the Serb for quite some time now. Most recently at the start of this month when The Mirror (November 1st, page 61) claimed that Moyes is a big fan of Jovic.
Reliable insider ExWHUemployee also claimed that West Ham’s interest in Jovic is very much real, when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast last night (Wednesday, November 4th.
Hammers target has his best game for 18 months with brace vs Russia
Of course there is the added bonus that Jovic forged a deadly partnership with Haller during their time together at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Moyes will undoubtedly hope the duo will bring the best out of one another should he sign Jovic in the window.
He may not be able to show what he’s about for Real, but Jovic put his name up in lights with a man of the match display for his country against Russia on Wednesday night.
Jovic scored twice as Serbia mauled Russia 5-0.
It was dubbed his best performance for 18 months.
And earned him rave reviews across Europe.
Loan deal could suit all parties
“This was the Luka Jovic Real Madrid fans have been longing to see— the Serbian striker simply couldn’t be contained,” SB Nation reported last night.
“Every subtle flick and each delicate touch came off. His cuts, turns, and dribbles were equally smooth and efficient. This was not one of those games were Jovic looked like a passenger and just popped up with two goals, no, it was just the opposite.
“Jovic was heavily involved in the link-up play and was functioning like a second striker. Even without his goals, Jovic was a stand-out. The game was done and dusted by the first half, thanks to a 4-0 score line, and the first 45 minutes saw the best of Luka Jovic.”
Whether West Ham have the financial capacity to sign Jovic permanently in January is highly unlikely.
But a loan move would work. Linking up with Haller again may spark Jovic’s club form back into life.
And who knows, by next summer West Ham may have the funds to be able to make the move permanent.