By Azeem Siddiqui

26th Jul, 2022 | 2:30pm

West Ham make ‘U-turn’ to make move for Filip Kostic

West Ham United made a “U-turn” when they decided to make a move for Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kostic, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Hammers have been heavily linked with a move for the Serbia international in the ongoing transfer window to bolster their squad.

Jones, while talking to Givemesport, reported that the Irons were looking for a more defensive-minded player compared to Kostic at first, but that has changed.

“Yeah, the momentum around it has definitely built and it’s been quite a strange one,” he said. “Because I was told that David Moyes wanted a more defensive-minded player in that position.

“Kostic didn’t really seem to be somebody they were going to move forward to and, suddenly, there’s been a U-turn on it and it’s really moved forward.”

Important for Squad Depth

If we consider the best club teams in the world, they have depth in almost every position because they are playing so many different competitions.

West Ham will be taking part in four different domestic competitions in the upcoming campaign which makes it evident that they must have more than one player for every position.

One of the areas where the Hammers struggled in the previous campaign was the full-back department in general and left-back in particular.

Even though Aaron Cresswell has proved to be a wonderful servant for the Irons over the years, but the age is clearly catching up on him.

Therefore, it makes absolute sense that they are making a move for Kostic who is definitely going to be an upgrade on the 32-year-old.

The Serbia international has played 169 matches for his current club across all competitions where he has managed to score 33 goals and provided 63 assists [Transfermarkt].