Report: West Ham United keep tabs on Nemanja Maksimovic, would cost £1.6 million in January

Astana's Nemanja Maksimovic in action against Atletico Madrid

The Serbian could be added to West Ham United's midfield next month.

West Ham United are keeping tabs on Serbia midfielder Namanja Maksimovic, claims a report in this week's Sunday People.

The 21-year-old currently plays for Kazakh side FC Astana, for whom he has appeared five times in the Champions League, and would reportedly cost the Hammers £1.6 million in January.

Astana's Nemanja Maksimovic in action against BenficaAstana's Nemanja Maksimovic in action against Benfica

Slaven Bilic's side are said to have competition from Portuguese giants Sporting CP, although uncertainty over the Croatian's future could impact West Ham's chances.

A report in the Daily Star, however, claimed that Bilic will be given a chance to turn things around at the London Stadium and funds are to be provided for him to sign a striker and defender this winter.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

At £1.6 million, though, it is unlikely the Hammers' board would block a move for Maksimovic, should Bilic wish to pursue a deal.

The six-foot-two star can operate in both defensive and attacking roles and has scored an impressive 12 goals in 74 games for Astana.

Prior to his move east, Maksimovic was on the books of West Ham's Europa League qualifying opponents NK Domzale.

Astana's Nemanja Maksimovic in action against Atletico MadridAstana's Nemanja Maksimovic in action against Atletico Madrid

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