Alleged West Ham target Nikola Maksimovic could be forced out of Napoli in January if he doesn’t sign a new contract with the Serie A outfit, according to a report from Calcio Mercato.
The Hammers made a bid for the 28-year-old centre-back in September, according to a report from Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Daily Mail claimed that the 25-capped Serbia international is valued at around £14 million.
Maksimovic’s contract expires in the summer of 2021, however.
And Calcio Mercato claims that Napoli will force the 28-year-old out of the club in January if he fails to sign a new contract.
So it might be the case that West Ham will be able to pick the defender up for a bargain fee in a couple of months time.
And Maksimovic would be a very decent addition for us.
Hammers boss David Moyes ended up signing Craig Dawson on a season-long loan from Watford.
But the 30-year-old is obviously a short-term fix for a long-term problem. And signing Maksimovic in January would make a lot of sense.
The 28-year-old made 23 Serie A appearances for Napoli last season, racking up one goal and one assist in the process (Who Scored).
In those appearances, the Serbian averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per game. He also won an average of 1.8 aerial duals per match during that period (Who Scored).
Maksimovic can operate at right-back as well as centre-back. So signing him would be decent business for West Ham.
Especially if we can pick him up for a bargain fee in January.