A coronavirus indiscretion has opened the door for West Ham United to sign striker target Luka Jovic.
The Daily Star claimed in January that West Ham were interested in reuniting record signing Sebastien Haller with his former Frankfurt teammate Jovic.
The Serbian striker forged a deadly partnership with West Ham forward Haller over the last two seasons.
The duo scored 47 goals between them as they almost lead the German side to Europa League glory.
That was to add to the 25 goals they notched in their first season together there.
Former midfielder urged West Ham to sign Jovic
Jovic moved to Real Madrid last summer in a £53million deal.
But the move has not worked out, after making just five starts all season. Jovic was reportedly made available for loan in January but West Ham did not push for a move.
Former Hammer turned commentator Don Hutchison said West Ham should should have stumped up the loan fee to land Jovic in January.
West Ham should have paid a loan fee 🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/BevNN0q8es
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) February 4, 2020
But it looks like West Ham will have another chance to sign him in the next window.
That’s after a new report claimed Real Madrid want to sell the 22-year-old.
Door opens for Hammers as Real lose patience with Jovic
It comes after the La Liga giants are said to have lost patience with Jovic following his breach of strict coronavirus rules on his return to Serbia from crisis-hit Spain recently (The Mirror).
Jovic found himself in hot water for failing to self-isolate on his return to Serbia.
He was reportedly spotted on the streets of Belgrade and at his girlfriend’s birthday party (The Mirror).
Authorities in his homeland took a dim view of the West Ham striker target’s actions.
“The fact that they are known sportsmen, and that they are rich, will not stop them from being punished,” said Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, via AP (The Mirror).
“Either they will respect the law, or they’ll go to jail.”
And it seems so too have Real Madrid with The Mirror claiming they have made him available in the summer and have even been actively seeking out potential buyers.
That is despite Jovic attempting to explain his actions on his Instagram page.
Haller and Jovic reunion would transform West Ham
“In Madrid, my Covid-19 test was negative, so I decided to travel to Serbia, to help and support our people as well as be close to my family, with the club’s permission. Upon arriving in Serbia, I was tested and it came out negative.
“I’m very sorry that some people haven’t done their job professionally and haven’t given me concrete instructions on how to behave in my isolation.”
A reunion of Jovic and Haller up front would transform West Ham into a serious threat.
Haller has struggled in his debut Premier League season. But much of that is down to West Ham’s lack of planning and poor recruitment leaving the Frenchman ploughing a lonely furrow up front on his own.
His career statistics show he has always excelled as the second striker in a two-man forward line.
And that is exactly what he was with Jovic.
West Ham should not pass up the chance to sign the striker a second time when the next window arrives.