Mateo Kovacic would be the perfect marquee signing for West Ham United

Croatia players console their team mate Milan Badelj following him missing his side's fourth penalty in the penalty shoot out during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match...

West Ham United reportedly want to sign Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

Alfred Finnbogason of Iceland passes the ball under pressure from Mateo Kovacic of Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Iceland and Croatia at Rostov Arena...

West Ham United are interested in signing Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window and have already made an official proposal, according to

While it remains to be seen if Madrid accept West Ham’s offer or Kovacic himself is willing to leave arguably the biggest club in the world and the defending European champions for a team who just about managed to survive in the Premier League last season, it is clear that the Croatia international midfielder would be the best marquee signing manager Manuel Pellegrini could make this summer.

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Kovacic has helped Croatia to the quarter-finals of the World Cup and is a very decorated footballer, having won Prva HNL with Dinamo Zagreb in 2011 and 2012, and La Liga in 2016-17 and the Champions League three times with Madrid.

Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid is challenged by Victor 'Vitolo' Machin of Atletico de Madrid  during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on...

The 24-year-old is very good midfield player who is good on the ball, is technically gifted, can dribble and can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a deep-lying playmaker.

Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid battles with team mate Lucas Vazquez  in action during a Real Madrid training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Liverpool at NSC...

Rated by Rafael Benitez

It was now Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez who signed Kovacic for Madrid in the summer of 2015, and in August 2015, the Spaniard was quoted as saying by about the Croatia international midfielder: “He is not a typical, defensive midfielder — he offers quality.

“He joins the attack, he's dynamic, passes the ball well and has a decent shot. He doesn't shy away from his responsibilities, and that will make him a great player for Real Madrid.”

Benitez clearly rated Kovacic highly, and if West Ham are able to secure his services this summer, then they will indeed get a great player.

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