West Ham will go back in for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie when the transfer window re-opens, according to Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato. But could the Hammers have a problem considering the fact that the Ivorian has previously stated that he would like to join Chelsea?

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The east London outfit have been linked with the powerful 23-year-old for quite some time now.

The Evening Standard claimed that West Ham were actually offered Kessie on loan in January. But a move to the London Stadium obviously failed to materialise for the 35-capped Ivory Coast international.

The Express claims that AC Milan could sell the midfielder for around £30 million.

Kessie admitted that he would like to join Cheslea

The 23-year-old told Tutto Mercato Web recently that a move to a Premier League giant like Chelsea would be appealing to him:

Franck Kessie of AC Milan in action during the Serie A...

Franck Kessie (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“I like the Premier League and in particular the Manchester United – a team I dream of playing in. Chelsea is also a great club, no one would refuse it.”

And Chelsea might just be a good fit for Kessie. N’Golo Kante has been utilised further forward by Frank Lampard in recent months.

And the Blues could do with a tenacious, tough tackling midfielder to help shield their back four.

 

West Ham need someone like the Ivory Coast international as well. And the prospect of Kessie linking up with the likes of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek will undoubtedly be a tantalising one for Hammers fans.

Franck Kessie of AC Milan in action during the Serie A...

Franck Kessie (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Stats

Kessie has racked up one goal and one assist in 23 Serie A outings for Milan this season (Who Scored).

In those appearances, the Ivorian has averaged 1.7 tackles and 0.7 interceptions per game. He has also averaged 41 passes per game during that period, with an incredibly impressive completion rate of 88.1% (Who Scored).

The Milan ace seems to be ideally suited to the Premier League. And he would be a fantastic addition for West Ham.

Battle could await the Hammers

Considering the fact that Kessie has openly admitted that he wouldn’t refuse a move to Chelsea, however, West Ham might just have their work cut-out if they do in fact try to bring the Milan ace to the London Stadium.

The Hammers might be able to offer the midfielder more regular first-team action though.

And perhaps that might be enough to tip the scales in their favour.

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