By Alex Taylor
West Ham have been offered Real Madrid outcast Mateo Kovacic, according to reports.
The youngster was signed during Rafa Benitez’s short stay in charge at the Santiago Bernabéu and has since failed to establish himself in the Madrid first team.
The Mail report says that the Spanish giants are demanding that the any interested parties match their £30million valuation of the forward but claims that they would be open to the idea of allowing Kovacic out on loan.
The former Inter Milan star is under contract until June 2021 which could make negotiations more difficult for Slaven Bilic’s team.
The forward played 34 times for Madrid in the 2015-16 season but was used mainly as a substitute throughout the side’s league campaign, failing to score and managing just two assists for his efforts.
A move to the Olympic Stadium would see Kovacic link up with Andy Carroll, Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho in an attacking force that helped the Hammers score 65 goals this season, guiding them into a seventh placed finish in the Premier League.