Halilovic moved to Barcelona last year, and has spent the season playing for their ‘B’ side, and the Guardian claimed that West Ham are keen on signing him on loan next season.
With new head coach Slaven Bilic in place, the Hammers may have an advantage in the race to sign him, with both player and coach being Croatian.
The 18-year-old made his debut for Croatia at 16, and he is considered a real talent who is set to star for both Barcelona and his nation in the future. However, his development will stall if he remains in the Segunda Division, and Barca are keen on sending him out on loan to a higher quality competition,.
This is where West Ham come in, and the Boleyn Ground could be the perfect location for the talented youngster to truly prosper under a coach who will allow him to grow.
Relations between the two clubs are already fairly good, thanks to the loan of Alex Song in the 2014/15 season, and the La Liga outfit would be willing to loan him out to the Hammers.
As an attacking midfielder, he fills a role that is currently absent in the Hammers’ first-team, with Stewart Downing and Kevin Nolan the only real number 10’s. Neither are talented nor consistent enough to be the main creative force in a team with Europa League football to their name, and Halilovic has proven his talent many times already.
He is a talented creator with a real drive and desire to improve, and that youthful exuberance would bring progression to a side lacking in energy. He may be young, but inexperience could benefit him as he looks to come to terms with playing every week in the Premier League.
Bilic needs to sign a creative midfielder to play alongside the more physical forces of Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang, and Halilovic looks the like perfect target to help usher in a new era of success at the Boleyn Ground.