West Ham United’s interest in VfB Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic ‘has not waned’, and they could make a bid to sign him this summer.
That’s according to Kicker, who say the signs for the striker ‘are goodbye’, and it is increasingly likely he will be leaving the German side in the summer transfer window.
Kalajdzic has been a big hit for Stuttgart since arriving in 2019, with 19 goals and eight assists in 48 games, making him very popular with the fanbase.
Indeed, he’s regularly been compared to Erling Haaland, something which has led to numerous rumours about a move to the Premier League.
West Ham have been brought into the mix on more than one occasion as they continue their hunt for a striker to challenge Michail Antonio.
And according to Kicker, they remain keen on Kalajdzic, who is looking likely to leave Stuttgart this summer when he enters the final year of his contract.
The newspaper explains that the striker was looking likely to move last summer, but a shoulder injury picked up just before the end of the transfer window put an end to that happening.
A move is likely to be on the table again this year, with the likelihood of him remaining where he is ‘diminishing from week to week’.
A transfer is ‘apparently imminent’, and interest in the 24-year-old ‘has not waned’ with West Ham, one of several clubs ‘tempted’ by a move.
While losing Kalajdzic would be a bitter blow for the Germans, they could be forced into a sale given his contract situation and the player’s refusal to ‘commit himself’ further.
Last year the quoted fee was €20m or thereabouts but that is ‘likely to drop by quite a bit’ given the player is in the final year of his deal and Stuttgart won’t want to lose him on a free transfer.
They are slightly protected by the lack of a release clause and could convince Kalajdzic to stay if they can stay in the Bundesliga or get promoted next season.
At the minute, though, the Swabians do now offer the striker the ‘necessary perspective’ either on the pitch or in his bank account, something which gives West Ham a greater chance of getting their man.