Reported West Ham United transfer target Luka Jovic has landed himself in hot water over the coronavirus.
West Ham have looked seriously short of options in the striker department this season.
The Hammers were hugely reliant on record £45million forward Sebastien Haller.
And it backfired as they tumbled from top six to a relegation dogfight.
Hammers wanted Jovic and Haller reunion?
The Daily Star claimed in January that West Ham were interested in reuniting 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.
Spanish giants Real came knocking for Jovic in the summer, signing the Serbian for £53million.
Former Hammer Hutch says West Ham should have made it happen
But he has been labelled a flop after making just five starts all season.
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
West Ham’s battle for survival is on hold until April 30th at the earliest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reality is that it will likely be a lot longer as governments across the world introduce emergency measures and suppressed living to stop the spread.
But West Ham target Jovic has found himself in hot water for failing to self-isolate after returning to Serbia from Spain.
The Serbian forward was seen on the streets of Belgrade and at his girlfriend’s birthday party (The Mirror).
West Ham target in hot water over coronavirus breach
Authorities in his homeland took a dim view of the Hammers 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.”
Jovic has today moved to apologise and explain himself in a post on his Instagram page.
“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.”