West Ham have seen their proposed signing of Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina collapse, reportedly opening the door for a London rival.
Milenkovic seemed to be close to joining West Ham after multiple reports this week indicating that was the case. But now, the transfer saga has not come to the conclusion that was expected of it. Instead, Sky Sports claim that West Ham have been unable to find an agreement to sign the Serbia international.
It has been a quiet window for David Moyes’ European qualifiers so far and this is a further setback. They could do with adding depth in all areas of their squad so they can juggle four competitions in the season ahead.
Defence is one of the areas they have been looking to reinforce and a deal for Milenkovic seemed sensible. In the final year of his contract with Fiorentina, he is available for a decent price.
But it seems it will not be West Ham who sign him after all. According to Sky Sports, talks over a move to the London Stadium have ended for now.
Even so, Milenkovic could still end up in the English capital. It is claimed that Tottenham are exploring a possible deal for the versatile stopper.
Spurs have already signed Cristian Romero this summer but are still eyeing one more defender. Specifically, they want someone who can cover at right-back or centre-back.
Their primary target in that regard has been Takehiro Tomiyasu of Bologna. However, Milenkovic has been on their radar too and they could now step up that pursuit.
There is a chance that, due to his contract situation, Milenkovic could be cheaper than Tomiyasu, while he is also more experienced.
Wolves also want Milenkovic transfer
Sky also add that Wolves are interested in the two Tottenham targets. However, both may be slightly out of their price range.
Therefore, it is now up to Fabio Paratici to pick his preference before making further progress on a deal.
For West Ham, it will be a case of back to the drawing board as they seek more depth in defence. They may have signed Craig Dawson on a permanent basis after a positive loan spell, but released Fabian Balbuena, leaving them with one space to fill in that part of the squad.
It remains to be seen who they will turn to after seemingly missing out on a Milenkovic transfer.