By Nick Ware

5th Oct, 2021 | 5:10pm

Fabrizio Romano shares major Dusan Vlahovic contract development amid West Ham 2021 links

Dusan Vlahovic is a striker that has reportedly been on the radar of West Ham this year and new quotes suggest he could be on the move soon.

The Serbia international is currently on the books of Italian side Fiorentina, for whom he has scored 35 goals in 92 appearances after officially arriving from Partizan Belgrade in February 2018.

The 21-year-old struck 21 goals in 37 Serie A outings last season to announce himself as one of the most exciting young centre-forwards in European football.

The 2020/21 Serie A Best Young Player has already hit seven goals for club and country during the current campaign, form that will have alerted elite-level clubs all over Europe.

Vlahovic looks likely to leave La Viola soon, judging by an update delivered by Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano via his personal Twitter profile on Tuesday morning [05/10/21].

He wrote: “Dusan Vlahovic new contract talks have collapsed. Vlahovic is out of contract in June 2023. Big opportunity.”

He also shared quotes from Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso.

“Vlahovic has not accepted our huge contract extension proposal,” Commisso said. “We’ve been trying for months, but it’s over”.

West Ham were linked with a move for Vlahovic in March this year [Calciomercato] and they are certainly still in need of a centre-forward.

Sebastien Haller departed for Ajax in January and the Irons have failed to replace him in either of the transfer windows in 2021.

Michail Antonio may be firing the goals in for the Irons but he is 31-year-old and the suspension he picked up against Southampton in September proved costly as he missed the Manchester United defeat at the London Stadium.

The Jamaica international is also prone to an injury this season, and David Moyes needs to build for the future.

Vlahovic is the perfect player to replace Antonio in the future while playing a big role now.

He is a powerful forward at 6ft3in and already plays in a pairing with Aleksandar Mitrovic for Serbia, as the more athletic attacker.

He may cost a pretty penny, but he would be more than worth it in the long run.

Some heavy-hitters have been linked with a move for him, but it’s not inconceivable that he could end up in east London.

Robert Lewandowski shows no signs of letting up for Bayern Munich while Manchester City may reignite their pursuit of Harry Kane in 2022.

The list of clubs starts to dry up, and West Ham are rapidly emerging as an attractive destination for Europe’s best young talents.

In other West Ham news, Simon Jordan has taken a swipe at GSB detractors in a money claim on this Irons ace.

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