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Sasa Kalajdzic: Borussia Dortmund identify Erling Haaland replacement but face competition from West Ham

Borussia Dortmund see Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic as a replacement for Erling Haaland, but are likely to face competition for West Ham United and a few other Premier Leagues.

With the Norwegian almost certain to leave the Westfalonstadion this summer, in what may end up a bidding war, Dortmund have been investigating potential options.

Kalajdzic, a 23-year-old Serbian striker who has 14 in 28 this season, is seen as a primary target. Stuttgart will be well aware of Dortmund’s need should Haaland go, though, and could well have a bidding war of their own.

West Ham are one of a few Premier League clubs known to be interested, while RB Leipzig are also monitoring the situation.

David Moyes wants to bolster his attacking options after a season that has seen West Ham defy expectations, even amid stretched resources up front.

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Finances could be an issue if the club fail to make Europe, though, and West Ham have been investigating the possibility of a loan before purchase.

Given Kalajdzic’s popularity, a full sale looks far more likely, with Dortmund currently in the strongest position.

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