By George Overhill

10th Aug, 2022 | 9:40am

West Ham United decision to let Nikola Vlasic move to Torino is heavily slammed

West Ham have admitted a big defeat on the signing of Nikola Vlasic and Ryan Taylor has not held back in his criticism of it.

The Czech winger was signed for £30million a year ago, arriving on a five-year deal, but saw limited opportunities at the London Stadium and was underwhelming when he did feature.

He is now in Italy having a medical ahead of a loan move to Torino, which features an option to buy for £15million, and Express reporter Taylor thinks the move is terrible.

Writing on his personal Twitter account the transfer journalist said: “This is ridiculously poor business from West Ham.

“Vlašić deserves a fair crack, makes zero sense to offload without a replacement – particularly for 50% of total outlay paid just one year ago.”

Cutting their losses

There is no way to dress this one up as a win for the Hammers, but provided his wages are at least being covered, although that can’t be assumed, it probably makes sense for the 24-year-old to move on to where he will play.

Clearly, taking a 50% loss after just a year suggests a big mistake was made last summer, but the situation is murky on how much money the club will actually lose.

Putting aside the amortisation that reduces the losses on the accounts, there are questions as to whether instalments to previous club CSKA Moscow can be paid due to sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

If West Ham are assuming they won’t have to pay the full fee then it is possible that has greased the wheels on them letting Vlasic go now for relatively little.

And if he has a season in Serie A like the one he had in the Premier League last year it is probably unlikely that Torino will make it permanent anyway, not that that will help the Irons profit.

Arguably, David Moyes should have given him more chances at the London Stadium, but if the manager isn’t going to do that there is little point in keeping a player around who isn’t offering much.

And although they aren’t exactly like-for-like Maxwel Cornet has been brought in already, who likely would take further opportunities away from him and is a proven Premier League contributor.