Swedish media outlet Fotboll Direkt have today claimed that West Ham have rejected an initial approach from IFK Norrköping for young midfielder Sead Haksabanovic.
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The 21-year-old was brought to the London Stadium from Halmstads by Slaven Bilic way back in the summer of 2017 for around £2.7 million, according to the Evening Standard.
The youngster struggled to establish himself at the London Stadium, however. He made just two senior appearances for the club. And failed to register either a goal or an assist.
Haksabanovic was loaned out to Malaga in the summer of 2018.
He faced similar problems in Spain.
But he realised his potential when he joined Swedish outfit IFK Norrkoping in January 2019.
The Montenegro international racked up nine goals and eight assists in 36 outings (Transfermarkt).
Expressen claimed in January that Haksabanovic was close to leaving the Hammers for Djurgarden five months ago. But that move obviously failed to materialise for the 21-year-old.
And Fotboll Direkt now suggest that West Ham might actually want to keep hold of the midfielder. IFK Norrkoping president Peter Hunt told the Swedish publication that the Hammers owned ace is just ‘too expensive’.
Considering the financial ramifications caused by the ongoing global health crisis, money will be tight at West Ham this summer.
So perhaps they might be looking to keep their young stars this summer in the hope of developing them into Premier League ready players.
Haksabanovic clearly has a lot of talent. But it still remains unclear as to whether he has a future at the London Stadium.