The father of Nikola Vlasic has hailed the role David Moyes played in bringing his son toWest Ham United during the final few days of the summer transfer window, speaking to Soccer.
In the end, The Hammers did not face as much competition as they might have expected for one of Europe’s finest up-and-coming attacking midfielders.
AC Milan, Vlasic’s preferred destination earlier in the summer, could not match the finances on offer in the pandemic-proof Premier League.
And while Zenit St Petersburg made a bid in the region of £30 million last year, the eight-time Russian champions did not return with another offer this time around.
That left West Ham free to make their move, paying £25 million plus add-ons for a man who’s exceptional performance during Croatia’s 3-1 Euro 2020 group-stage victory over Scotland is understood to have left a lasting impression on the Glasgow-born Moyes (The Athletic).
Will Nikola Vlasic be worth the wait for West Ham?
“There were several clubs that made offers, but could not agree on the price. Milan were definitely among those clubs. Nicola had been a Milan target for a long time and the scouts had no doubt that Nicola was the right fit for the club,” said Josko Vlasic.
“The club bosses simply could not offer the money, they could not agree (a fee) with CSKA. Nikola is not indifferent to AC Milan but, in the end, this transfer did not happen.
“West Ham did the right thing, Moyes excelled here.
“Last year, Zenit he offered CSKA 35 million euros, but CSKA refused.”
Vlasic will now be under pressure to emulate the stunning impact Jesse Lingard made during his five-month loan spell at the London Stadium.
The one-time Everton youngster has hit double figures in each of the last two seasons, while being named the Russian Premier League Player of the Year in 2020.