By Nick Ware

26th Aug, 2021 | 6:26pm

CSKA Moscow forward Nikola Vlasic benched v Zenit due to West Ham approach

CSKA Moscow attacker Nikola Vlasic has been left on the bench for Thursday night’s clash with Zenit St Petersburg amid an approach from West Ham.

That’s according to Championat journalist Andrey Pankov, writing via his personal Twitter profile on Thursday evening [26/08/21].

He said: “Nikola Vlašić is on the bench today against Zenit due to West Ham’s interest. He told CSKA management a few days ago that he wanted to leave for England. But West Ham still has not made an offer to CSKA. There is only verbal communication .”

Imminent exit?

There is less than a week before the transfer window slams shut in England, and events are beginning to ramp up across Europe as players eye Premier League moves.

23-year-old Croatia international Vlasic is no stranger to the league after making 12 Premier League appearances for Everton during the 2017/18 campaign.

However, he was swiftly shipped off to CSKA for the following season which is where he has remained ever since.

Vlasic has overcome that adversity to establish himself as one of, if not the, most fearsome forward in Russia, winning the Russian Premier League Football of the Year award in 2020.

He doesn’t turn 24 until October, but it appears that he is already eyeing a move back to England and his omission from Thursday’s crunch clash against perennial title challengers Zenit is a big indication of that.

A versatile attacker capable of playing across the forward line, Vlasic would offer the Irons flexibility as well as goals.

David Moyes is crying out for a striker at the London Stadium, but Vlasic would most likely come in as a Jesse Lingard replacement if the Manchester United man cannot be brought back to east London.

In other West Ham news, the Irons have held preliminary talks over striker & winger signings from Euro clubs.

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