West Ham’s reported interested in Inter midfielder Dejan Stankovic could have stalled before negotiations have even begun.
The Serbian international has been linked with a switch to the newly-returned Premier League outfit this summer, with the Nerazzurri understood to be keen to offload his €2.5m annual salary, which still has two years to otherwise run.
Whilst those same wage demands have cast doubt over the Hammers’ ability to take the midfielder, a new doubts has also arisen, in the form of a possible work permit application.
The Daily Mail suggest that the 33-year-old, as a non-EU national, would need to apply to play in England, but that this would only be granted if he had played at least 75 per cent of his current club’s games the previous season.
Due to injury, Stankovic only managed 19 appearances in all competitions for the Nerazzurri in 2011-12.