By Sam Stone

17th Sep, 2022 | 12:17pm

West Ham United unaware of Nikola Vlasic January exit talks

West Ham United are completely unaware of any plans for Nikola Vlasic to cut short his loan move in order to secure a permanent move to Torino in January according to Claret and Hugh.

Tuttosport reported on Thursday 16 September that the Croatian midfielder is eager to take a pay cut in order to move to the Serie A side permanently in January.

It was understood that Torino have already organised plans to ensure that his move is made permanent in January. However, Claret and Hugh report (17 September) that the Hammers know absolutely nothing about the arrangement.

Strange scenario

Torino do have an option to buy the Croatian when his loan agreement ends next summer which is why it’s strange that they’re trying to get a deal done in January. All they have to do is wait a few months after the winter window to finalise a deal for Vlasic.

It doesn’t quite make sense why West Ham included the option to buy in the loan agreement, with Vlasic not really given a chance in the 2021/22 season after his big-money move to the London Stadium.

It now appears that the club may have made a mistake, with the Croatian enjoying a fine start to life in Turin, in what looks like an excellent move to get his career back on track. David Moyes can be very stubborn in his ways and if he isn’t keen on a player it will take a lot for him to change his mind.

This seems to be the case with Vlasic and although the Hammers are seemingly unaware of the January plans to make the move permanent, it would not be a shock if they did allow him to leave during the winter window.