West Ham United are optimistic about completing deals for both Piotr Zielinski and Filip Kostic this summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
David Moyes is preparing the Hammers for the start of the 2022-23 season but with over a month of the transfer window remaining, he has his eye on two more signings.
What is the latest on Zielinski and Kostic?
West Ham currently remain locked in negotiations with Eintracht Frankfurt over a deal for versatile left wing-back Kostic.
The east Londoners saw their opening bid of £12.5 million rejected by the Bundesliga side, who are holding out for £16 million, with the 29-year-old about to enter the final year of his contract.
An agreement is also being neared for the signing of Zielinski from Napoli, according to reports in Italy. The Serie A giants have started the search for a replacement with West Ham moving closer to the club’s £33 million asking price.
If the duo were to sign, it would take the club’s transfer tally to six for the summer after the arrivals of Flynn Downes, Nayef Aguerd, Gianluca Scamacca and the permanent signing of Alphonse Areola.
What has Jones said about the double deal?
Jones understands that West Ham are growing increasingly optimistic that a deal can be completed for both players this summer.
He says that the sense at the London Stadium is that the window will have been a resounding success if they are able to land the duo.
The transfer insider told GIVEMESPORT: “[They’re] pretty optimistic about Zielinski and Kostic and the way that talks have gone so far. They think that if they can get these players through the door, then they’ve had a very positive summer.”
How has West Ham’s transfer window gone so far?
Moyes has made some clever and much-needed additions at the London Stadium and managed to hold onto their prized assets as well.
Keeping Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen will have likely been a top priority this summer and they appear to have done just that.
Adding Gianluca Scamacca should ensure the Hammers have greater depth throughout the season as they once again look to contend with with the rigours or European football, as well as take some of the goal-scoring burden away from Michail Antonio.
Aguerd has arrived to shore up the defence, despite his early injury worries, and if Kostic and Zielinski both sign then the club’s squad depth will move from good to excellent.
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