West Ham United missed out on a transfer for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic in the January window.

And Hammers manager David Moyes could be made to rue that costly mistake.

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The Scot tried and failed to bring the towering 25-year-old central defender to the London Stadium in January according to the likes of Calciomercato.it and Tuttomercatoweb.

Milenkovic remained with Fiorentina, however. And West Ham didn’t sign anybody.

Instead we will have to see out the remainder of the season with Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as our only senior centre-back options.

West Ham made big mistake by missing out on Milenkovic transfer
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Let’s hope that none of those players get injured because we could be in for a really difficult final few months of the season if they do.

West Ham made big mistake by missing out on Milenkovic transfer

According to a report from TuttoMercatoWeb, the Hammers will now face an uphill battle to sign the 32-capped Serbia international in the summer transfer window.

That’s because Milenkovic has been in such good form for Fiorentina this season that numerous different high profile clubs now want to sign him in the summer.

The likes of AC Milan and Juventus could be battling West Ham for his signature at the end of the season, and it’s little wonder why.

The Serb has been magnificent for La Viola this season. Described as an ‘extraordinary defender’ by x-sport news, Milenkovic is a truly elite centre-back.

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In 22 Serie A appearances for Fiorentina this term, the 24-year-old has averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and three clearances per match. He has also won an average of 3.2 aerial duels per game (Who Scored).

Milenkovic is very comfortable with the ball at his feet as well. During his 22 league outings this season, he has made 60.3 passes on average per game and has recorded an incredibly impressive completion rate of 90.4% (Who Scored).

The Serbian was available for around £13 million in January according to Italian website Calciomercato.it.

What an unbelievable bargain that would have been for West Ham. Missing out on him now looks like a truly shocking decision.

And it seems as though our hopes of rectifying that mistake in the summer may well be dead and buried.

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