By Joe Ellis

16th Sep, 2022 | 4:42pm

West Ham United talks to begin in December over Nikola Vlasic exit

Torino are hoping to open talks with West Ham United in December about making Nikola Vlasic’s move permanent, according to Tuttosport.

The Croatian international has settled in nicely in Italy and the Turin-based club have been impressed by what he has shown so far and are preparing to negotiate the future fee in his loan deal.

It currently lies at £13.1million but the Serie A side are, understandably, interested in lowering that further if the Hammers would be willing to listen.

The loan is due to last for the entire 2022-23 season but if Torino are able to negotiate a smaller buy-out fee, they could end that agreement early to convert it to a permanent deal.

That would also see them take on the entirety of Vlasic’s wages (which he may decide to lower to force through the move) with West Ham currently paying a certain percentage of them to ensure that he was able to leave for Italy before the transfer deadline.

Accept it

Vlasic was the player who had a lot of hopes pinned on him last season and he did not perform anywhere near as well as anybody expected and the bridge is already burned at the London Stadium.

Under David Moyes, the Croatian has no way back into the Hammers side anymore and he will be extremely keen to see him leave the club for good and not take up any more of his crucial wage budget.

No matter the price West Ham may get for him, they need to find a way and an agreement with the Serie A side who clearly want to sign him permanently as soon as possible.

The World Cup break should be a great time for the two clubs to negotiate and with no games to distract them and as soon as he returns from duty with Croatia, personal terms can be finalised.

It will finally bring an end to what has been a truly disappointing period of time in London and his new chapter can begin.