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West Ham United Forward Looking To Exit This Summer: Should Moyes Sanction His Exit?

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According to a report from Football.London, Nikola Vlasic of West Ham United, who is currently enjoying his loan spell at Torino, wants to join the Italian outfit permanently. It is understood that as part of Vlasic’s loan agreement with Torino, there is an option to make the forward’s move to the Serie A club permanent at the end of this season.

Vlasic’s Decent Run Of Form In Italian Football This Season

Vlasic has put in a handful of impressive displays being the focal point of Torino’s attack during this campaign. The 25-year-old has banged in four goals and grabbed two assists in 25 matches for the Italian club this season across multiple competitions.

The Split-born sensation has been consistent and reliable in the attacking third after averaging 1.9 shots, 1.9 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in Serie A. He has also been accurate with his ball distribution as evidenced by his pass success rate of 82.1% in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

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West Ham United

His current deal at the London Stadium is set to run out in the summer of 2026, so the Hammers can try to recoup more than what they paid for him last season.

Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Sanction His Exit?

Vlasic excels at creating space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal and has the vision to create some decent chances for his teammates on the attacking end of the field. He also has the ability to get past defenders with ease as he remains adept at dribbling the ball out of tight situations.

The Croatian attacker is primarily an attacking midfielder but remains versatile enough to lead the charge down the middle and also operate in the right wing. However, he has struggled for regular game time with the East London club during the 2021/22 campaign, starting just 16 of his 31 appearances last term which saw him go out on loan to the Italian side. He is having a successful loan spell with Torino at the moment and has become a crucial part of their attacking department, so a permanent move could be in favour of the Croatia international who is still developing his game.

All in all, David Moyes has suitable attacking options at his disposal and Vlasic would not be given enough game time considering Lucas Paqueta is already a regular in the same position. So West Ham should clearly sanction his exit in the summer in order to receive a handsome fee from Torino that they can utilise elsewhere.

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