West Ham United have opened talks with Napoli over a deal for defender Nikola Maksimovic, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Hammers have been desperately chasing defensive reinforcements this summer and Maksimovic is the latest name to be linked.
The Serbian defender is vastly experienced and would be a good addition to David Moyes’ squad.
According to Romano, negotiations between the two clubs are ongoing with no agreement yet reached. It is unknown whether the deal is a loan move or a permanent transfer.
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David Moyes has made his feelings clear in terms of adding to his squad. He is desperate for defensive reinforcements with West Ham light at the back.
The Hammers have been extensively linked with several defenders including Burnley’s James Tarkowski, Swansea City’s Joe Rodon, Arsenal’s Calum Chambers as well as Saint Etienne’s Wesley Fofana. However, Napoli centre half Maksimovic is the latest name to appear.
The Serbian international will likely be a cheaper option for West Ham. This is largely due to his age and his lack of game time at Napoli with Kalidou Koulibaly and Kostas Manolas ahead of Maksimovic in the pecking order.
Time at Napoli
The 28-year-old has been with Napoli for the last four years but injuries and the quality of players around him have meant a lack of game time. The defender has been loaned out during his time in Naples. Maksimovic had a brief loan spell at Spartak Moscow but struggled in Russia. A move to West Ham offers him a fresh start and a chance to play Premier League football.
He will certainly be a welcome addition for David Moyes and the fans following a summer of unrest and uncertainty. Maksimovic will compete with the likes of Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna.
The signing of Maksimovic would certainly be a good piece of business for West Ham.