West Ham transfer news: 23-year-old international "ideal" for Irons

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Summer signing Nikola Vlasic is an ideal fit for West Ham, according to journalist Paul Brown. 

What's the latest transfer news involving Nikola Vlasic?

West Ham announced the arrival of the one-time Everton youngster on summer deadline day, reportedly paying an initial £26.8m.

The 23-year-old made his first appearance for the east London outfit against Southampton last weekend, coming off the bench in a 27-minute cameo outing. 

Vlasic didn't have a direct impact on the scoreline as both sides failed to find the net, but journalist Brown has suggested he could prove to be a worthy addition for David Moyes' side. 

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What has Paul Brown said about Vlasic?

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Brown issued a glowing endorsement of the Croatian international. 

The journalist said: "I think he's ideal for West Ham. He's the right kind of character, he likes to get forward, he's got some pace and he puts himself about. I think he'll fit with the way they break on teams quite quickly."

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What do we know about Vlasic?

Vlasic is no stranger to the Premier League, although his time in English football previously was short-lived. 

Everton signed him in summer 2017 from Hajduk Split, during the same transfer window that saw them bring in fellow No.10s Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen. 

Accordingly, Vlasic struggled to break into the team and a year later was loaned out to CSKA Moscow, who he went on to join permanently. 

He only ever made 19 first-team appearances for the Toffees, scoring twice.

The 23-year-old was far more influential in Russia, however, leaving CSKA with a return of 33 goals and 21 assists in 108 outings.

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What does Vlasic offer West Ham?

Certainly based on his performances for CSKA Moscow, Vlasic looks a player who will bring an extra element of creativity to the Irons' squad. 

In all three of his Russian top flight campaigns, the 29-cap attacker averaged at least 2.7 key passes per match, while his return in the Europa League last term was a staggering 4.4. 

Vlasic has also been used in a wealth of different capacities throughout his career. While he's predominantly operated as an attacking midfielder, he's also featured as a winger on both sides and as a centre-forward. 

As Brown suggests, that should see him fit well into the way West Ham attack, where the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma often make fluid runs forward to support Michail Antonio. 

Of course, it may take Vlasic some time to readjust to the Premier League but at just 23 years of age, he's certainly got the potential to be a long-term success at West Ham.

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