West Ham United have named former Everton midfielder Nikola Vlasic as a possible replacement for Jesse Lingard as David Moyes tries to bolster his Premier League side.
Moyes led West Ham to impressive victories against Newcastle United and Leicester City, which put the club at the top of the standings after just two games of the season.
But West Ham are the only club in the league not yet to sign a permanent deal this summer and Moyes is keen to secure some deals before the transfer window closes next week.
The club are in talks with Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma, but personal terms are causing a problem and West Ham are reluctant to pay more than £100,000 a week for the defender.
Moyes also wants a striker and is interested in attacking midfielder Vlasic, who is currently at CSKA Moscow, in case West Ham are unable to secure Lingard’s return.
Lingard had a huge success during his loan spell at West Ham last season The club’s first goal remains in its position.
Should West Ham fail to match United’s asking price or agree to another loan deal, Moyes could give the green light to move to Vlasic, who has excelled in Russia.
The Croatian international scored 12 goals last season and 13 goals the previous season, having participated in only 12 matches in the Premier League during his season with Everton.
Moyes is understood to have around £40m to spend without having to sell anyone, and Vlasic, who was part of Croatia’s squad for this summer’s European Championship, will fit into West Ham’s budget.
United are believed to value Lingard, who appeared as a substitute against Southampton, at around £25m, but the former England international has only a year left on his contract and could be allowed out on loan again.