West Ham United wanted Nikola Maksimovic last summer – and the defender still finds himself as a free agent weeks into this season.

The Hammers have been chasing defensive reinforcements ever since the end of the 2020-21 season.

First it was Kurt Zouma arriving from Chelsea in a big-money deal last summer.

Then David Moyes revamped his back line this summer by signing Nayef Aguerd, Thilo Kehrer and Emerson Palmieri.

A host of names have been on West Ham’s radar in that time and one of them is now without a club.

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West Ham United wanted Nikola Maksimovic last summer

Cast your mind back to last July; England were roaring into the Euro 2020 semi-finals, but the less said about the ending, the better.

Just hours after England hammered Ukraine 4-0, The Mirror reported West Ham’s interest in signing defender Nikola Maksimovic.

It was suggested that West Ham offered a contract to Maksimovic in the hope of winning the race.

Maksimovic’s Napoli deal had ended and West Ham were chasing a bargain deal.

The 30-year-old joined Genoa instead, penning a deal shortly after West Ham had secured Zouma’s signature.

Maksimovic only played 14 times for Genoa last season and couldn’t stop them from suffering relegation from Serie A.

The Serbian’s deal ended earlier this summer and despite his experience in Serie A and on the international stage, nobody has signed him.

That’s right, weeks into the season and with the transfer deadline gone, Maksimovic is still a free agent.

Roma are now reportedly pushing to sign Maksimovic on a free transfer to bolster Jose Mourinho’s options at the back.

Still, with Maksimovic struggling to find a club and West Ham building up impressive defensive depth under Moyes, they have to feel like they made the right call last summer in going for Zouma over the Serbian.

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