By Saikat Mandal

5th Dec, 2022 | 7:40pm

West Ham United must sign Josip Juranovic to replace Vladimir Coufal after Fabrizio Romano update

West Ham should look to sign a new right-back in the January window to replace Vladimir Coufal, and Josip Juranovic could be a cracking signing.

According to Fabrizio Romano [5 December], Celtic are “open to discuss offers” for Juranovic, and the Hoops have already secured a replacement in Alistair Johnston.

Guardian journalist Romano reports that the 27-year-old is on the radar for many clubs after he impressed heavily for Croatia in the World Cup.

Coufal has suffered a dip in form in the past 18 months. He has made only seven starts in the Premier League this season, and there is a high chance that he could leave.

Sky Sports Germany reporter Marlon Irlbacher claimed on 14 November Bayer Leverkusen had held “positive” talks with the Hammers over the signing of Coufal.

The Czech Republic international has a contract at the club until 2023, and there could be temptations to cash in on him in the January window.

It comes as no surprise that the Hammers are looking at Juranovic, with 90min reporting on 30 November that the Hammers have been impressed by the Celtic right-back.

With Celtic open to listening to offers, the Hammers must not miss out on this opportunity.

Do they need a new right-back? In theory, no. Irrespective of Coufal’s situation, David Moyes still has got Ben Johnson and Thilo Kehrer as other options.

But Kehrer is primarily a centre-back, and West Ham could use him in that role alongside Nayef Ageurd in the long run. A proper quality right-back is required and signing Juranovic makes a lot of sense.

Juranovic will be in action for Croatia against Japan in the round of 16 match on Monday, and the interest in the player will continue to grow if he puts in a strong performance.