By Andrew Maddox

12th Jul, 2022 | 10:10am

West Ham United in loose discussions for Sasa Kalajdzic – Ryan Taylor

West Ham United are among the clubs who are in talks to sign Stuttgart and Austria star Sasa Kalajdzic, according to Ryan Taylor.

The news comes 24 hours after the club were reported to be intensifying talks for Chelsea striker Armando Broja by the London Evening Standard.

However, Taylor reported via Twitter on Tuesday morning (12 July) that West Ham are now tracking Kalajdzic, though they face stiff competition for his signature.

The report outlines that Manchester United, Brighton, Southampton and Ajax are all in the race for the Austrian star.

According to Taylor, Stuttgart are demanding between £16million and £20million for his services, with West Ham in “loose discussions” with the player’s agent.

Kalajdzic profiled

The 25-year-old Austrian has shone at Stuttgart since his arrival from Austrian outfit Admira Wacker in 2019.

Arriving with the club still mired in the second tier, Kalajdzic helped the club to promotion before exploding to life in the Bundesliga.

The 2020/21 season saw him grab an impressive 16 goals and six assists in 33 Bundesliga outings as Stuttgart finished ninth in their first season back in the top flight.

He still had an impressive goal return last season despite limited game time, scoring six times in 13 starts as Stuttgart slipped to 15th in his absence.

Kalajdzic is a lethal finisher that is attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, so why is his fee so low?

Simply put, he has had chronic luck with injuries his entire career.

According to Transfermarkt, Kalajdzic has suffered three major injuries across his career as well as a string of smaller niggles.

This included a torn cruciate ligament just two weeks after signing for Stuttgart that prevented him from making his debut for ten months.

He was limited to just 15 league appearances last season due to a shoulder injury that kept him out for four months.

Clearly anyone who buys Kalajdzic this summer is getting a great talent, but one that also comes with chronic injury issues.

In other West Ham news, Irons target Layvin Kurzawa has changed agents as he seeks to secure a move away from Paris Saint Germain.