By Harry Sykes
West Ham have agreed a fee for 18-year-old attacking midfielder Sead Haksabanovic, according to a report.
ESPN report that the Hammers are close to pushing through the move for the youngster who is said to be “one of the most promising young talents in Europe.”
The midfielder has come up through the ranks at top-flight team Halmstad in Sweden and played for the Sweden youth teams, but recently switched international allegiance to Montenegro.
He has already been capped for Montenegro, playing in a World Cup qualifier where he helped his team beat Armenia 4-1.
ESPN claim that West Ham have agreed a fee of £2.7m with the player given the go-ahead to travel to West Ham for talks and a medical.
The player has also had trials with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Haksabanovic made 18 appearances for Halmstad in the Allsvenskan last season, scoring four goals.
Football Insider verdict:
Not a lot is known about Haksabanovic apart from the fact that he’s done enough as a kid to warrant attention from some of the biggest clubs in England. He didn’t do enough to convince them to offer him a deal, but he has been turning heads again and it appears that Bilic and West Ham are willing to commit. £2.7m is a fair amount of money for a player so young and untested so the Hammers must have really seen something they like. The youngster has already made his full international debut though in a World Cup qualifier, which suggests that he’s mature and not far off the finished article.
In other West Ham transfer news, this midfielder on the Hammers’ radar is set for a medical with a Premier League club.