Are West Ham's hopes of signing Ivan Perisic over before they have even begun?

Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring a goal

West Ham now face competition from Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham to sign Ivan Perisic.

Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring a goalCroatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring a goal

West Ham's problems this season have in part been put down to a poor transfer strategy last summer which saw them set their sights too high.

So it was interesting to see them linked in January to Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic as French newspaper L'Equipe  reported he was manager Slaven Bilic's top choice to replace the outgoing Dimitri Payet. 

January deals are notoriously tough - unless you are Marseille obviously - but if West Ham wanted to clinch a move for Perisic this summer then their hopes could be over already, before their negotiations have even begun.

The Croatian winger has played under Bilic before at international level, but rising interest in his signature should rule out the Hammers, or at least make life extremely difficult.

Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring their second goalCroatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring their second goal

The Sun reported earlier this month that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is keen on a move, and is even weighing up making a £51 million bid.

The Express reported in March that Liverpool are keen, and the Reds have an edge due to Perisic playing under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport now report this week that Tottenham Hotspur are considering an offer too.

All three sides are competing for Champions League spots and can offer more in wages and transfer fee than West Ham will be able to.

Slaven Bilic of course has a previous working relationship with Perisic, but the Hammers sit in the bottom half of the table and realistically there is next to no chance of them winning the race for the Croatian.

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