West Ham midfielder Sead Haksabanovic is expected to seal a move to Swedish side AIK this week, according to reports emerging from Sweden.
AIK hope to conclude a deal – which is likely to be a loan – by the end of this week, according to Fotboll Skanalen.
Haksabanovic has spent the first half of the season on loan at Segunda Division side Malaga.
But after that unsuccessful stint, he is on the verge of returning to the country of his birth for a loan spell.
Sead Haksabanovic at West Ham
West Ham signed Haksabanovic in summer 2017 with high hopes for the starlet’s future.
The attacking midfielder played two cup games for West Ham last season and spent most of the year in the under-23 team.
Last summer, Manuel Pellegrini decided to loan the 19-year-old out to Malaga, who were relegated to Spain’s second tier.
But he has managed just two substitute cameos with less than an hour on the pitch for Malaga.
The Hammers are now set to recall the Montenegro international and loan him out to AIK, which might be his last chance to save his West Ham career.
What does the future hold?
Haksabanovic was highly rated as a skilful attacking midfielder but he has not progressed as expected.
Time is still on the talented teenager’s side but he needs to be playing games to impress Pellegrini.
A loan stint back in Sweden could help the ex-Halmstads midfielder’s confidence and development.
But whether he can step up when he returns to West Ham next summer remains to be seen.