West Ham look set to go head-to-head with arch-rivals Tottenham in a bid to sign breakout Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic.
According to a report from La Repubblica, the two London-based sides both view the young Serbian marksman as the ideal candidate to fill a gaping gap at their clubs.
West Ham have yet to replace club-record signing Sebastien Haller following his sale to Ajax – a move that has left Michail Antonio as the club’s sole striking outlet.
West Ham are consequentially expected to fill that gap with summer business, with Serie A star Vlahovic forming the latest name thrown into the ever-increasing list of possible new strikers.
Conversely, the Hammers’ rivals Spurs are looking for longer-term cover for Harry Kane with it remaining unclear as to whether Jose Mourinho’s side will retain the services of Benfica loanee Carlos Vinicius.
With a relative lack of experience, his young age renders him as bearing significant potential to improve – an orgastic prospect considering his prolific record this season.
As a result, Vlahovic could be a sound investment to future-proof the Hammers’ forward line for years to come.
He could also complement the seasoned nature of Antonio, who is at the opposite end of his career.
A transitional signing that equally could offer an instant impact, with proven success in a top European league, the Irons must pull out all the stops to secure the young Serb.