Vedad Ibisevic bagged a goal for Bosnia-Herzegovina last night.
This summer West Ham were in the market for new striking options. In the wake of the injury to record signing Andy Carroll and there generally poor strength in depth in attacking areas the club tackled the market hard.
In some respects they encountered success. They snapped up Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield on loan, Diafra Sakho arrived from FC Metz while the Ecuadorian powerhouse Enner Valencia was also snapped up. But they did not intend on stopping there. West Ham were reportedly interested in another player - VfB Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibisevic.
The Bosnian international has scored 47 goals in 95 games for the Bundesliga outfit and after turning 30 this summer was after one last big move.
But Stuttgart were not ready to sell, despite reports of a £7 million from West Ham.
Ibisevic has himself confirmed the approach, telling Turkish reporters yesterday:
“I stayed but you never know, if a good offer comes in, I may leave. Vahid Halilhodzic and Trabzonspor contacted me and offered me great conditions. West Ham also wanted me, but Stuttgart did not want to sell this summer. The club had made some changes and the goal is a mid-table position. I have bigger ambitions so that is why I may yet leave.”
And last night he reminded West Ham of what he does best, scoring goals. He nodded in an excellent header to give Bosnia-Herzegovina the lead against Cyprus in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Sarejevo last night, seemingly putting his nation on the path to a comfortable victory.
However the minnows bit back - winning 2-1 thanks to a Demetric Christofi.
But Ibisevic will still be pleased to have kept himself in the shop window for the winter.