West Ham United have landed Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow on a permanent deal that will cost the London side €30 million plus add-ons.
West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow on a permanent deal. The Croatian international featured heavily on the Hammers’ list of targets, and the Premier League side have acquired the attacking midfielder for a fee of €30 million-plus add ons.
David Moyes wanted to sign an attacking midfielder on a priority basis in this window. Having chased Jesse Lingard all summer, time was running out for the London club to bring in a suitable player. Nikola Vlasic had emerged on their radar a few weeks back, and the Hammers have pursued the Croatian international since.
A move has now been confirmed by the Premier League side, who are set to pay CSKA Moscow €30 million in transfer fees, and an additional €8 million in add-ons depending on how the player meets certain performance objectives, as claimed by Fabrizio Romano. Vlasic has signed a five-year contract at the club including a one-year option until 2026.
The Croatian has evolved since moving to CSKA Moscow, scoring 25 goals in the last two seasons in Russia. He returns to the familiar territory of the Premier League having played for Everton before. Vlasic had an underwhelming two-year period at the Toffees, playing sporadically.
Welcome to West Ham United, Nikola Vlasic! ✍️
— West Ham United (@WestHam) August 31, 2021
He becomes West Ham’s fourth signing this summer and follows the latest addition of Kurt Zouma, who signed permanently from Chelsea. Craig Dawson joined earlier to ease defensive pressure on Moyes, while the club also signed PSG keeper Alphonse Areola on a loan deal.
Vlasic has impressed Moyes with his versatile displays in attacking positions. The Croatian can play on both wings as well as in a No.10 role. The manager wanted to sign a player of Vlasic’s profile to ease the attacking burden on some of his regulars such as Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen.
Vlasic could be the perfect player to complement other attackers at West Ham while also being capable of providing creative support to Michail Antonio, who has starred this season in the No.9 role. With the move now over the line, Hammers’ fans could see him after the international break.