By Azeem Siddiqui

5th Aug, 2022 | 9:45pm

West Ham ‘not worried’ about missing out on Filip Kostic – Dean Jones

West Ham United were never worried about losing out on Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kostic, that is according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Hammers have been heavily linked with a move for the 29-year-old who is now in the final year of his contract with the club.

However, recent reports suggested that while Kostic is open to leaving his current club, he is not willing to join the Irons as they cannot offer him Champions League football.

Jones, while talking to Give Me Sport, said that West Ham were never really “worried” about missing out on their target.

“There are quite a lot of left-backs of that type available in this window,” he said.

“I was told that they were never especially worried about signing a back-up if they didn’t actually get Kostic.”

Alternatives

West Ham entered the transfer window knowing that they have to make a lot of signings to bolster a number of areas on the pitch and with their season starting against Manchester City, manager David Moyes will be keen that his squad is nearly complete.

One of the areas the Hammers were specifically keen on strengthening was the left-back department where Aaron Cresswell is getting a little older and there is a genuine need for bodies.

Therefore, the signing of Maxwel Cornet will go a long way in helping the side as he can play in a number of positions, including a wing-back on the left side.

It is hard to claim that he will be as good in that position as Kostic has been for Frankfurt but having him on board definitely gives manager David Moyes some options going into the season, something which he did not have last time around.