West Ham are eyeing up a January swoop for Real Madrid hitman Luka Jovic, according to a report from Spanish outlet Defensa Central.

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Defensa Central have also claimed that the Serbia international’s £85k-a-week wage demands could prove to be problematic for the Hammers, however.

David Moyes will be desperate to bring an established striker to the London Stadium in January.

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And despite Jovic’s struggles under Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 22-year-old may just be the perfect January option for West Ham.

The Hammers have been linked with the Madrid ace for quite some time now. Most recently at the start of this month when The Mirror (November 1st, page 61) claimed that Moyes is a big fan of Jovic.

The 22-year-old joined Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019 for around £55 million (AS).

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At the same time, Sebastien Haller left the Bundesliga club for the Hammers for around £45 million (BBC).

The £100 million duo forged a wonderful partnership during their time together in Frankfurt. During the 2018/19 campaign, in 89 combined appearances, Jovic and Haller racked up a very impressive 47 goals and 19 assists between them. And reuniting them could be an absolute masterstroke from Moyes.

Whether West Ham have the finances needed to sign Jovic on a permanent deal is debatable. A loan move may work, however. Perhaps a move to West Ham to link up with his old mate Haller is what the Serbian needs in order to reignite his career.

Let’s just hope that there is substance to the rumours and it’s not just smoke and mirrors.

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