COMMENT By Will Butcher
West Ham would climb away from a potential relegation scrap if they signed Stoke City’s Bojan to replace Dimitri Payet in January.
Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie revealed on his personal Twitter account that the playmaker wants to leave Stoke, with Middlesbrough interested in meeting Stoke’s £12million valuation.
We understand Bojan had told Stoke City he wants to leave. Middlesbrough inquired over his availability last week. Valued at £12m by Stoke.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 16, 2017
But the Hammers should rival Aitor Karanka’s Premier League new boys, as France international Payet looks set to leave the east London side in the near future.
The former Marseille ace has told West Ham chiefs that he wants to leave the Hammers this month, which could see Slaven Bilic’s side enter the market for a new attacking midfielder.
Bojan, who came through the ranks at Barcelona, is known for his ability to unlock a defence as well as possessing an eye for goal after starting his career as a striker.
Bringing him to the London Stadium would prove a top piece of business by manager Bilic, with the Spain international also able to provide a threat from set pieces in the absence of Payet.
Making just 12 appearances for Stoke this season, Bojan has become disillusioned with his playing time at the Britannia as ace Joe Allen continues to shine in the number 10 role.
Offering a versatility that can see him play out wide or as a centre-forward, Stoke’s number 27 would be a huge signing for the Hammers as he can provide cover as well as replacing Payet.
Sky Sports reported on Sunday that the Hammers are looking to secure £30million for Payet, which will see them make £18million in profit if they sign Bojan and sell their star player.
In other West Ham transfer news, this 23-year-old is set to leave the Hammers with La Liga outfit Seville set to profit.