An offer from West Ham for defender Niklas Stark could ‘appeal’ to Hertha Berlin in January, should it arrive.
That’s according to Fussball Transfers, who say the German club could be open to a sale if they can find a replacement of ‘equal value’.
A recent report from Sport 1 indicated that West Ham were eyeing a move for Stark, whose contract expires at the end of this season is yet to be renewed.
That report indicated the Hammers were actually keen to make a move in January and that talks had already taken place between them and his management about a move.
David Moyes was said to see ‘a lot of potential’ in the defender and was ‘keen’ to bring him in, particularly after losing Angelo Ogbonna to a long-term injury.
Hertha would be very opposed to losing the centre-back given the importance he has in the team, and losing him on a free would be the ‘worst-case scenario’ for them.
Fussball Transfers back that up somewhat, stating that it ‘can’t be in the interest’ of the club or sporting director Fredi Bobic to let his captain and ‘key player’ leave in January.
That suggests they’d be opposed to any deal but, on the other hand, offers from England ‘often have their appeal’.
Should Bobic be able to find a replacement of ‘equal value’ and if he was available, then a transfer could ‘be considered’ by the German club.
They’re still seemingly opposed to any deal, then, but knowing they could lose the 26-year-old on a free transfer at the end of the season is far less attractive.
It seems then, were West Ham to offer the right amount of money, they could get their man, who they desperately need now Ogbonna has been ruled out for the rest of the season.