West Ham United are being linked with a move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.

Manuel Pellegrini is keen to bring in six players this summer and at least one new midfielder.

In a comprehensive transfer update on The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM (Wednesday 15th May), reliable insider ExWHUemployee claimed Kessie is one of four midfield targets being weighed up by the Hammers.

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Milan midfielder fits Hammers profile

The Ivory Coast international fits the profile being sought by West Ham.

He is 22 but has experience in Italy having amassed over 150 games already.

The energetic midfielder can contribute at both ends as evidenced by the fact he has more than 20 career goals already.

Kessie has been seemingly pushed to the brink of a Milan exit following an embarrassing and very public fight with teammate Lucas Biglia on the Milan bench during the derby match against Inter back in March (CalcioMercato).

The scenes shocked Italian football as the pair clashed and had to be pulled apart by teammates.

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Lucas Franck on Kessie brawl

Now Argentine Biglia, himself a former Hammers target, has revealed to DAZN how the incident left him feeling sick for weeks.

“I felt sick to my stomach for 3-4 weeks because I don’t like making a fool of myself,” the Argentine told DAZN, as reported by Football Italia.

 

“I didn’t hold it against him, I wanted to show the need for support of a teammate who was entering the field.

“I’ve nothing against Franck. Indeed, I have a great relationship with him. What I teach my children is, above all, the value of life.

“I have a son who loves football. When he comes home, he asks to play. He must know first of all that sport must be played with values.

“That’s why I felt so sick about the incident with Franck because, for me, there are values before football, which are those of life.

“Us footballers play 3-4 hours a day, then we have 20 where everyone is each to their own. We’re normal people and we have to prove it to people.”

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Fight fallout could mean a bargain for Pellegrini

Kessie has since earned a reputation as something of a troublemaker.

But he was apologetic for his part in the brawl in the immediate aftermath.

Perhaps the incident will enable Pellegrini to get a player once valued at over £30 million for a bargain fee.

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