By Azeem Siddiqui

30th Jun, 2022 | 10:10pm

Luka Jović rejecting West Ham approach a blessing in disguise

West Ham United approached Real Madrid to enquire about striker Luka Jović for a move this summer, according to 90min.

The Hammers have been in the market to sign a striker in the ongoing transfer window in order to bolster their attacking options in the final third.

As per the report, the Hammers were one of the few clubs that enquired about the availability of the Serbia International for a potential loan switch.

However, the player was not interested in moving to the Premier League and thus opted to join Italian club Fiorentina on a loan deal.

The 24-year-old has three years left on his current deal with the reigning European champions.  

Blessing in Disguise

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Jovic has been sidelined for the majority of his Real career as he has watched the likes of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. dictate attacks for Los Blancos. In 51 appearances for Los Blancos, he only managed to score three goals [Transfermarkt].

As West Ham understand that the Serbia International is moving to Italy, they could look back at it thinking that they might have dodged a bullet.

David Moyes is looking for a competition and a backup for Antonio, who has struggled with fitness in the previous campaign.

But looking at Jovic’s performances in the last three seasons, he has never really proved to be a competition for any of the current Real Madrid strikers which is why Carlo Ancelotti never had the trust to play him in the absence of Benzema.

The Premier League is much more intense competition compared to La Liga and there is no reason to suggest that West Ham would’ve been able to get the former Eintracht Frankfurt striker producing the goods once again.