West Ham, Wolves ready to pounce for £25m-rated Serie A star

Date published: Tuesday 31st March 2020 9:08

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Wolves and West Ham remain on alert over the potential availability of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, with a recent report from the Italian media breathing new life into the saga.

The Ivory Coast international, 23, has long been the subject of transfer speculation over multiple windows.

Tottenham were most recently credited with interest, with a pair or Spurs stars reportedly being lined up as makeweights to facilitate a deal for Kessie.

Wolves and West Ham have been the two Premier League clubs touted as the most likely to secure his signature, however, yet a January deal failed to materialise despite persistent links.

The combative midfielder, known for his tough tackling and energetic displays in the engine room has returned to the fore with the Rossoneri this season despite fears over his game-time at the start of the campaign.

Appearing in all but three of Milan’s league matches this term, Kessie’s form has once again prompted rumours of a switch to England.

Italian publication Calciomercato (via Sport Witness) reveal that the duo’s hopes of signing the enforcer ‘remain alive.’

Milan could be tempted into selling their asset whose deal at the San Siro has just two years remaining, or risk his market value declining as he nears the end of his contract.

 

The Italian source goes on to state that his destination next season is ‘still to be defined’.

Operating primarily as a holding midfielder, one avenue that could boost the chances of a move could be in the future of Hammers midfielder Declan Rice.

Various English powerhouses from Manchester United to Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with a swoop for the England international, with Frank Lampard’s Blues taking a keen interest in the rising star.

A Rice departure could open up a spot for Kessie in the Hammers engine room, and at £25m, he would represent a ready-made and affordable replacement.

Meanwhile, a Wolves legend has told talismanic striker Raul Jimenez why he should snub Man Utd in favour of staying with the Midlands club.

 

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