Aleksandar Mitrovic has been offered to West Ham according to reports in the past 48 hours.
The Newcastle United striker claimed to be of interest to the Hammers as they struggle for goals.
Only Huddersfield and West Brom, outside of the bottom three, have scored less than West Ham’s 14 goals.
Mitrovic of course scored in Newcastle’s 3-0 win over West Ham, his first sub appearance of the season as he rounded Joe Hart to put Newcastle three up, though he still had time to make contact with Lanzini and land himself a retrospective ban.
Since then he has only added five more substitute appearances, making it only 89 minutes of Premier League action for the Serbian striker.
So clearly he has to find a new club but the West Ham link hardly made sense.
If Mitrovic can’t get a game ahead of Joselu why would West Ham see him as the answer, whilst why would Newcastle see it as the right move to help a relegation rival in any way?
National journalist Hugh Southon also runs the respected Claret & Hugh independent West Ham website and they have provided an update on the ‘Mitro for West Ham’ story.
And this morning a club insider revealed the striker’s name had not been discussed declaring: “This is the first anybody has heard of this (Mitrovic) one but of course it is no surprise – we’re at that time of the year again.”
For both player and club to go their separate ways, even if only temporarily on loan in January, Mitrovic surely will have to go to a club on the continent to start playing football again.
Whilst he has continued to be first choice for Serbia, it would hardly be the ideal World Cup preparation to play basically next to no first team football over the course of the entire season leading up to it.