There are fears that West Ham United could miss out on the signing of Filip Kostic from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer.
That’s according to a report from The Evening Standard who claim that the 29-year-old could be tempted to stay with the Bundesliga club for another season before leaving as a free agent next year, and pursuing a lucrative contract.
Hammers boss David Moyes is very keen indeed to add a top-class left wing-back to his ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
The 48-capped Serbia international is a truly elite player and we would absolutely love him at West Ham.
It appears as though our hopes of signing him this summer have taken a hit though…
West Ham dealt Filip Kostic blow
According to The Evening Standard, the 29-year-old is tempted to remain at Eintracht Frankfurt this summer rather than join the Hammers.
He could then leave next summer on a free transfer and pursue a lucrative contract away from the German side.
This would have been a great deal to get over the line for the Hammers. So the news from the Standard is obviously a huge blow for us.
The Eintracht Frankfurt ace is an incredibly hard-working player.
He is old fashioned in the sense that he’s left-footed and plays on the left! As a result, Kostic is much more of a provider than a goalscorer.
The 48-capped Serbia international bagged 15 assists and seven goals in 43 games for Eintracht Frankfurt last season (Transfermarkt). That’s a healthy return by anyone’s standards.
On face value, he has everything that West Ham boss David Moyes looks for in potential new signings, aside from the fact that he is 29 of course!
We don’t believe that will be an issue for the Serb though.
He’s a self confessed ‘warrior on the pitch’ (Eintracht Frankfurt’s official website). He would certainly add so much to our play down the left hand side.
The 29-year-old currently earns around £43k-a-week according to Salary Sport. So he definitely won’t break our wage structure.
Taking the Evening Standard’s latest report into account though, it seems as though West Ham could be set to miss out on Filip Kostic.
And that is a huge shame.