A Hammers insider says West Ham United have already agreed a deal at much lower fee after a £19m transfer claim.

West Ham spent £170m on eight quality signings in the summer.

But it was one player David Moyes decided to ship out that raised eyebrows among some West Ham fans.

Nikola Vlasic cost West Ham £26m in the 2021 summer window, but it was a deal that could have reached as much as £33m with certain clauses being met.

The Croatian international failed to establish himself at West Ham under Moyes, scoring just once and laying on two assists in 31 appearances (Transfermarkt).

Nikola Vlasic of Torino FC in action during the Serie A
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Vlasic was shipped out on loan to Serie A side Torino this summer with the Italian club also having the option to make the move permanent.

Many West Ham fans felt Vlasic was not given a fair crack of the whip in his preferred central number 10 role.

After loaning the 24-year-old to Torino, West Ham went out and spent nearly £70m on Maxwel Cornet and Lucas Paqueta.

So regardless of how Vlasic fares with Torino – and given that an option to buy was inserted in the deal – his long-term future looks almost certain to be away from West Ham.

Vlasic made a positive start in Italy and has been a key player for his new side.

So much so there had been talk Torino want to activate their option to buy early.

Calciopolis claim that Milan are also interested in Vlasic but that both Serie A clubs are put off by West Ham’s reported demands for a £19m fee.

The report claims Milan and Torino believe West Ham’s asking price is too high.

But a key Hammers source has refuted the report and set the record straight.

The insider says West Ham have already agreed a deal at a much lower fee after the £19m transfer claim.

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According to a key West Ham source speaking to Claret and Hugh, the story and the fee being quoted are both incorrect.

“Once again it appears to be a case of news sources making up stories as there is no truth in a figure of £19 million,” a West Ham insider told Claret and Hugh.

“The reality is that a figure of 13 million euros (£11.3m) has been agreed between the clubs.”

What that does confirm, for the avoidance of any doubt, is that regardless how well Vlasic continues to do in Italy, his time at West Ham is over.

Vlasic recently spoke about his new lease of life in Serie A, saying he feels ‘free and trusted again’ having left West Ham.


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