West Ham United continue to discuss a move for Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports…
Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has provided a fresh update on the Irons’ pursuit of the Fiorentina centre-back to Twitter, where he revealed:
“#Zouma to #WHUFC tough deal due to fee & wages. Zouma open to move but happy to stay at #CFC – contract to 2023. Zouma to #Sevilla as part of Kounde deal not impossible – but he prefers London stay. #WHUFC remain in talks with #Fiorentina over #Milenkovic.”
It’s thought that the 23-year-old Serbian, who is entering the final year of his contract at La Viola, is available for just €15m (£12.8m).
At that price, you’d to consider it an absolute bargain and one which would please Hammers boss David Moyes greatly.
Back in May, Football Insider reported that the 58-year-old was keen to bolster his backline with the addition of a top-quality centre-back and more recently, the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee has suggested that this is now their top priority in the coming days – in some part due to Angelo Ogbonna’s injury.
There seems to be a lack of trust in young Frenchman Issa Diop, who only started 15 top-flight games during the 2020/21 campaign, whilst there’s a space to fill following the departure of Fabian Balbuena.
At times, even Aaron Cresswell fills in, particularly if Moyes switches to a back-three formation.
Milenkovic is a class act and, despite his inexperience, he’d be an impressive signing for the Europa League-bound Irons.
Standing at 6 foot 5, the £22.5m-rated titan has featured 28 times for his country and has already racked up more than 120 appearances in Serie A, widely considered one of the best five leagues across the world.
What makes the Serb a very intriguing option is the fact that he’s been compared to one of the Premier League’s best and most feared defenders, Nemanja Vidic.
“Milenkovic is better than Vidic with the ball at his feet, and he is much calmer on the field,” Mozzart journalist Dejan Stankovic claimed to ESPN FC. “He is the most talented centre-back Serbia have had since Vidic, and they definitely have one thing in common – both are fearless.”
The 23-year-old outperformed several of Moyes’ current options during last season – he averaged three aerials won and 1.4 tackles per game (more than Dawson, Diop and Ogbonna), as well as 1.3 interceptions per match (more than Diop and Dawson) and conceded fewer offsides, too, via WhoScored.
On this evidence, the East Londoners could secure themselves another defensive bargain, following in Vladimir Coufal’s footsteps. For less than £13m, GSB absolutely must sanction this move.
Moyes would love Milenkovic at the London Stadium.
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