West Ham United target Milot Rashica snubbed a £35m move to Liverpool and is now available for a third of that price.
The Hammers were linked with Rashica last summer (Der Spiegel).
And the rapid 24-year-old attacking midfielder could make the ideal alternative to Jesse Lingard for West Ham boss David Moyes given the uncertainty over his future.
Rashica could make ideal Lingard alternative and now West Ham can afford him
Lingard posted an emotional thank you to West Ham on social media yesterday which many read as a farewell.
West Ham will need an alternative if they can’t get a deal done and could succeed where Liverpool failed in a move for Werder Bremen star Rashica.
The Kosovan international is loved by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who tried to sign him for his £33.5m release clause last summer (Deichstube).
Rapid Kosovan snubbed Klopp but Hammers could not match release clause which has now dropped to £12m
But Rashica ended up snubbing a move to Anfield over fears of a lack of game time behind the likes of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah (Sport Bild).
And West Ham simply did not have the funds for a deal.
But that has all changed after Werder were relegated from the Bundesliga, activating Rashica’s new release clause of just £12m.
“Milot Rashica could be available for €15m this summer thanks to a release clause in his Werder Bremen contract, according to kicker,” Goal’s Bundesliga expert Ronan Murphy reported on Twitter.
That is half the price Lingard would cost West Ham if reports are to be believed.
A third of the price Liverpool were willing to pay and half the price of Lingard, a no-brainer for Moyes?
Injury restricted Rashica’s campaign to just 14 games, three goals and one assist.
But his figures in the two seasons prior were fantastic with 17 goals and 10 assists in 46 appearances.
West Ham boss David Moyes will be well aware of the situation given his previous interest.
And Rashica fits the Scot’s Red Bull recruitment philosophy too. He is the right, a promising talent. And he would be hungry to prove himself at the top level.
The Hammers also have Europa League football to offer now.