Breaking: West Ham United announce Nikola Vlasic transfer from CSKA Moscow

West Ham United have announced an early deadline day deal with the signing of CSKA Moscow forward Nikola Vlasic.

The Hammers confirmed the Croatian’s arrival on Tuesday, with the player penning a five-year deal at the London Stadium. He joins for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £25.7million.

His move to the East End of London marks his return to the Premier League, having previously been on the books of Everton before a move to Russia.

He originally joined the Toffees in 2017 from Croatian outfit Hajduk Split but was only afforded 19 outings in all competitions during his debut campaign at Goodison Park. Vlasic was then loaned to CSKA for the 2018/19 season, that deal eventually being made permanent.

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Vlasic, 23, has starred for CSKA over recent seasons, scoring 25 goals over the past two campaigns in all competitions. He had yet to get off the mark for the 2021/22 season after five games.

Away from club commitments, the midfielder, who is capable of playing on both flanks as well as in the centre, has also established himself on the international stage with a series of impressive performances for Croatia at Euro 2020. In all, he has earned an impressive 26 caps for his country so far, finding the net on six occasions.

He becomes David Moyes’ second major addition over the past week following the arrival of French central defender Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

Vlasic is West Ham’s fourth major arrival of the summer overall, with the Hammers having also signed Craig Dawson on a permanent deal, whilst also managing to bring Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan.

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