West Ham lead Wolves as £25m-rated Serie A enforcer exit looms

Date published: Wednesday 4th December 2019 7:05

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West Ham have taken the lead in the race to sign an AC Milan midfielder after a report revealed the Serie A club are expected to offload him in January.

The 22-year-old Ivory Coast international has fallen down the pecking order this campaign, leading to widespread speculation of a move to the Premier League.

The combative midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Molineux in the summer, but a last-ditch deal failed to materialise.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were then reported to be weighing up the idea of a fresh approach in January, but now it seems West Ham may be set to succeed where Wolves failed.

Now, a report from Italian publication Milan Live (via Goal.com) states that the Hammers are “leading Wolves in the battle to sign Franck Kessie from AC Milan in January”.

If the financials can be agreed, the prospect of a deal going through appears high after the report made mention of the Rossoneri’s desire to offload Kessie from their books.

“The club are determined to offload him in the next transfer window,” revealed the article, with the player “expected to cost upwards of €30 million (£25m/$33m).”

Meanwhile, West Ham will be forced to pay a sizeable fee if they are to replace under-fire manager Manuel Pellegrini with an ideal successor.

 

 

Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez is the man touted, with Arsenal also a potential landing spot for the Spaniard after Unai Emery’s sacking last week.

Benitez still has two years left on his contract at Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, but TEAMtalk revealed last month that the Spaniard is keen on returning to the Premier League and has Manuel Pellegrini’s job at the London Stadium in his sights.

The former Champions League-winning manager is earning £12 million per year in China, and The Daily Mail revealed what it will cost to bring him back to the Premier League.

 

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