An apparent agreement between Nikola Milenkovic and Fiorentina’s owner means he will likely be on the move, giving West Ham hope of a deal.
West Ham’s defensive issues at present are apparent, with Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna out for long periods. What’s more, that leaves the Hammers with just two senior, recognised centre-backs available.
Indeed, signing a new centre-half will be key for the side, given their lack of depth in the position.
As such, the Hammers have been reported to be interested in Milenkovic, according to Sport Witness. They were also keen on him in the summer, but were unable to complete a deal.
A player of Milenkovic’s quality would be a massive boost for West Ham. Indeed, Fiorentina are in good form this season, sitting in fifth place in Serie A, and Milenkovic is party to that.
Milenkovic agreement in place, but timeline doesn’t suit Hammers
The report states that the 32-cap Serbia international has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Fiorentina’s owner to leave the club.
However, that is likely to happen in the summer, rather than the January window. As such, it does not help West Ham’s immediate problems.
However, Milenkovic is still a top player, and could be a major signing in the summer.
West Ham could pursue the Serbian when that time comes, and his future is likely going to be away from Fiorentina. However, AC Milan and Juventus are reportedly interested in the star.
As such, West Ham may face a fierce battle for Milenkovic’s services. That could result in Fiorentina bumping up his price tag.
Hammers want prolific striker
Meanwhile, West Ham are interested in this season’s MLS top-scorer Valentin Castellanos. Indeed, it seems as if the next step in his career could be in Europe.
Pep Guardiola is a massive admirer of the Argentinian, and thinks he will be a top player.
“I think he is a guy whose next step will be in Europe,” he said.
“What I’ve seen, and when the scouting department talk to me, I think he is a quality player ready to make the next step. We will see where.”
His 19 goals in the recent MLS season earned him the golden boot award. What’s more, he would provide competition for Michail Antonio – something the Hammers lack at present.