West Ham United have submitted a bid for Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic.
What’s the word?
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who took to Twitter to share news of the Irons’ approach for the Serbia international.
The Italian tweeted: “West Ham are working on both Filip Kostic and Gianluca Scamacca deals as they share the same agent. Talks ongoing, bid submitted – waiting to reach agreements.”
It would be a massive coup
West Ham captured the imagination of many onlookers last season during their run to the Europa League semi-finals, where they were beaten by eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt.
One man who was instrumental in the German club’s run to the final was wing-back Kostic, who was a constant threat down the left flank.
His invasive runs and pinpoint deliveries were indicative of a player who had previously played as a winger but has since been excelling in a slightly deeper role.
Who would start for West Ham, should Kostic be signed?
For David Moyes, he could finally provide some much-needed competition for Aaron Cresswell, whilst also covering several other positions due to his versatility. He featured 43 times last season for Frankfurt, offering 22 goal contributions in all competitions.
Whilst his team finished comfortably mid-table in the Bundesliga, their European run was the stuff of dreams, as they batted aside Barcelona and Rangers to become only the third club to win the Europa League without losing a single game.
His average SofaScore rating of 7.25 in the Bundesliga and 7.33 in the Europa League was the highest amongst his team-mates in both competitions. He is an outstanding performer and would no doubt take the Premier League by storm, going by those metrics.
Indeed, only Thomas Muller and Lionel Messi have registered more assists than Kostic’s 44 in Europe’s top five leagues since August 2018.
It is therefore unsurprising to see him labelled “phenomenal” by journalist Ryan Taylor, as the 29-year-old ranks in the 99th percentile for shot-creating actions, total shots and assists per 90, and in the 98th percentile for progressive passes received. His offensive threat is often unstoppable.
He would likely be a huge coup for West Ham, and Moyes should do everything that he can to get the Serbian to the London Stadium, but this time in a claret and blue shirt.
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