Antonio Conte allegedly now wants to bring West Ham United target Nikola Milenkovic to Tottenham Hotspur as the January transfer window approaches.

Tottenham are keen to sign the Fiorentina centre-back according to a report from Corriere di Puglia e Lucania.

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West Ham boss David Moyes is desperate to sign Milenkovic according to a report from Calciomercato.it but it seems as though we will have to battle Tottenham all the way.

Both the Hammers and Spurs desperately need to sign a top-class new centre-back ahead of the January transfer window.

Now, Milenkovic, 24, is unlikely to leave Fiorentina in January. The Serbia international has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso for him to leave the Serie A outfit in the summer, however, according to a report from Calciomercato.it.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Fiorentina v Benevento - Coppa Italia
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The 6ft 5in centre-back is one of the very best around in Europe at the moment. Both West Ham and Tottenham could really do with someone like him on board.

In 14 Serie A appearances for Fiorentina so far this season, Milenkovic has averaged 1.9 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 2.9 clearances per game (Who Scored).

He has also won 2.9 aerial duels on average per match. The Serb is very comfortable with the ball at his feet as well. From an average of 59.9 passes per game he has registered an impressive completion rate of 90.8% (Who Scored).

Signing Milenkovic will be a massive coup for whichever club wins the race for his services.

West Ham Tottenham January transfer battle

The Hammers will have to beat Spurs if we are to sign Milenkovic.

Bologna FC v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A
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Missing out to Tottenham on the Serb’s signature would obviously be a massive blow for West Ham considering how much we need to sign a top-class central defender.

And on top of that, our fierce rivalry with Tottenham means that losing out to them on Milenkovic’s signature would be a huge downer for everyone involved with the club.

The north London outfit’s apparent interest in signing the Fiorentina star will undoubtedly be an unwelcome inconvenience for the Hammers.

Let’s just hope that we do enough to bring the Serbian to the London Stadium.

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Because Milenkovic moving to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in either January or the summer will be a really bitter pill to swallow.

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