Assist king Filip Kostic was ‘open’ to a move to West Ham but now looks set for bitter rivals Spurs instead.
According to Italian media outlet Calciomercato, the Serbia international fancied joining the Hammers when David Moyes was linked with a move back in January.
The same publication reported on January 11 that West Ham weren’t keen on signing him in January and were going to move this summer instead.
Many West Ham fans are desperate to see Moyes sign Kostic after he seriously impressed against them in the Europa League clashes with Eintracht Frankfurt.
But it seems West Ham’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur will get the assist king with a wand of a left foot instead.
As reported by talkSPORT, West Ham – and Rangers – were left to rue Moyes’s decision not to try and sign Kostic in January as he played a key role in beating both clubs on the way to Europa League glory.
Assist king Filip Kostic was ‘open’ to West Ham move but now looks set for bitter rivals Spurs instead
But now Tottenham could dash West Ham’s hopes by signing Kostic instead.
According to Mirror journalist Darren Lewis, Tottenham boss Antonio Conte likes the Frankfurt wing-back who put West Ham to the sword ‘a lot’.
And Lewis says Conte could make Kostic the first signing of Spurs’ £150m spending spree this summer.
Kostic is the bundesliga assist king and laid on 15 goals for his teammates as well as scoring eight himself from left wingback last season.
The reported West Ham target laid on 14 assists and four goals the season before and has double figure assists in the last four seasons for club and country.
West Ham desperately need new impetus on the left with Aaron Cresswell’s star fading fast.
But bitter rivals Spurs look set to win the race for Kostic in what would be a bitter blow for Moyes.
“Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has Europa League-winning Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kostic in his sights as part of a £150million spending spree,” Lewis reports in The Mirror.
“Tottenham’s owners ENIC have confirmed they are pumping in the staggering cash injection Conte has been demanding to fuel a title challenge from Spurs next season…
“The 29-year-old (Kostic) has just a year left on his contract and both Conte and his Director of Football Management, Fabio Paratici, are keen to invest in his consistency. Last weekend Kostic was crowned Europa League Player of the Tournament by UEFA. He is among a string of targets Conte has laid out to target with the backing of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy this summer.”
The summer window does not officially open until June 10th.
But Premier League clubs are doing – or at least getting ready to do – some serious business already it seems.
Spurs have big money to spend while Aston Villa have already added some supreme quality to their team with the permanent signings of Phileppe Coutinho and reported West Ham targets Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos.
West Ham must ensure they are not left behind with a big rebuild required this summer.
The fact Kostic was reportedly open to a move to West Ham and now looks set for Spurs only rubs salt in the wound.