West Ham are set to miss out on transfer target Filip Kostic.
The Hammers were interested in the Eintracht Frankfurt star this summer, but Juventus have now ramped up their pursuit of him, with the Italian outfit ‘very close to signing him’.
According to journalistFabrizio Romano, the final details of a deal for Kostic are being discussed with a medical in Turin on the cards.
The escalation of the transfer means a potential move to West Ham is off, with Kostic only having his eyes set on Juve.
Meanwhile, Frankfurt announced on Tuesday morning that the Serbian would not play in his side’s UEFA Super Cup final against Real Madrid on Wednesday, confirming he was on the move.
“Eintracht will be without Filip Kostic in the UEFA Supercup game against Real Madrid in Helsinki tomorrow, Wednesday,” the club tweeted.
“The winger is in final talks with a new club.”
Juventus are expected to pay between around £15million for their new signing.
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The Hammers had a bid rejected for the star who helped Frankfurt beat them in last season’s Europa League at the semi-final stage.
It was reported that the proposed fee of £12.6m for the wing-back didn’t meet Frankfurt’s asking price, with the Bundesliga club putting a £16.8m price tag on him.
West Ham boss David Moyes has been keen to bolster his wing-back options in this window as he seeks competition for Aaron Cresswell.
But, after signing Maxwel Cornet, Kostic’s decision to go to Juventus will be less of a blow.
Kostic has made a total of 171 appearances for Frankfurt, racking up 33 goals and 64 assists and has one year left on his contract.
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