West Ham United have missed out on Jesse Lingard which is probably why they have shifted their undivided focus to midfielder Filip Kostic. However, there’s a chance that Spurs could stage a coup in the final moment.
Kostic had a wonderful previous season with Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring four and assisting nine league goals and right now, the Hammers are in pole position to sign him up.
Fabrizio Romano has claimed: “West Ham are discussing personal terms with Filip Kostić after official proposal submitted yesterday. Talks are progressing well, but deal is not done or completed yet.
“Talks will enter into final stages once Scamacca deal’s completed [matter of small details].”
West Ham are discussing personal terms with Filip Kostić after official proposal submitted yesterday. Talks are progressing well, but deal is not done or completed yet. ⚒️ #WHUFC
Talks will enter into final stages once Scamacca deal’s completed [matter of small details]. pic.twitter.com/AwRmizbqNf
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 23, 2022
However, Spurs had been previously linked with the 29-year-old and there are whispers in the English media that Conte could try and hijack this deal.
Will Spurs try and beat West Ham United in this transfer race?
The Evening Standard has claimed that Tottenham remain interested in signing Filip Kostic but we doubt if they will try and spoil West Ham’s party.
The Lilywhites do have the upper hand because they will be able to offer Champions League football but since they have already signed Ivan Perisic, we don’t think they will be interested in Kostic anymore.
Filip Kostic and Perisic are very similar players so it makes no sense to sign two top midfielders who perform a similar role.
Kostic is one of the top assist makers in Europe’s top-five leagues so if he is leaving Eintracht Frankfurt he will want to join a side where he can play regularly. Last season, he started 28 Bundesliga games so he won’t be too eager to become a possible benchwarmer under Antonio Conte.
At Spurs, he will have competition from the likes of Perisic, Ben Davies and also Ryan Sessegnon so it makes no sense for him to ditch David Moyes’ side and head to North London.