David Moyes should eye younger midfielder as January target Ki set for AC Milan

According to Italian media outlet CalcioMercato.com, West Ham United’s reported January transfer target Ki Sung-Yueng is in advanced talks to sign for AC Milan this summer when his Swansea City contract expires.

What’s the word, then?

Well, reliable Irons insider @ExWHUemployee claimed in a Twitter post in January that the east London outfit wanted to bring the South Korean midfielder to the London Stadium as part of any deal that took Andre Ayew to the Liberty Stadium, although a move never materialised which would have pleased fans that weren’t keen on him.

It was reported at the time that the 29-year-old said he didn’t feel that a move to link up with David Moyes was in his best interests, and now it seems that he is set for a big move to Serie A to become Milan’s first South Korean player.

CalcioMercato.com says that the midfielder is set to sign a three-year deal at the San Siro having turned down interest from a number of Premier League clubs such is his keenness to join the Rossoneri.

How has Ki done this season?

It has been a difficult campaign for him and Swansea after he missed the start with a knee injury, before he suffered a calf problem in December that kept him on the sidelines for five Premier League matches.

However, he has been a regular under Carlos Carvalhal in more recent times and has showed his quality to help his team up from the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone.

The 29-year-old has scored two goals and provided a further two assists in 18 top flight outings in total this term, and he scored one and assisted one in the 4-1 victory against West Ham at the Liberty Stadium earlier this month.

Will West Ham be disappointed by the news?

They possibly will be, yes.

Moyes failed to bring in a the central or defensive midfielder that he wanted during the January transfer window, and the fact that he reportedly showed interest in Ki, and that the South Korean was potentially available on a free this summer, would signal that the Scottish boss may have made a move.

The Irons appear very unlikely to get him now and Moyes will need to turn his attentions to someone else, and perhaps he should target someone a little younger with more potential for the future.