The man emerging as David Moyes’s prime defensive target this summer would welcome a move to West Ham United.

West Ham have been linked with Fiorentina’s Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic since last summer.

The £30m-rated 23-year-old only has one year left on his contract at La Viola and reportedly has no intention to extend his deal.

West Ham reportedly bid around £15.5m for Milenkovic earlier this week. And the Hammers are one step away from signing the Fiorentina star according to a report from Juve Live.

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West Ham haggling over Milenkovic fee

That step is agreeing a fee, with West Ham and Fiorentina said to be haggling over the valuation.

But West Ham will be hugely encouraged by a new claim about Milenkovic from insider ExWHUemployee on The West Ham Way patreon site.

And Ex even said an idea first floated by Hammers News to use Felipe Anderson as a makeweight in the deal would be encouraged.

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Insider claims Serbian defender would welcome Hammers move

“We have enquired about Milenkovic, ideally we would like to take him for £15m and we would certainly encourage any deal that involved Anderson going that way too…” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way patreon site.

“Milenkovic is said to welcome the move to West Ham but also has an interest in the other rumoured interested clubs. I expect us to submit a firm offer soon.”

The Hammers are allegedly now prepared to part with as much as £26 million to sign Milenkovic (Juve Live).

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Moyes must strengthen Hammers defence

Central defence is an area where West Ham really need to strengthen this summer.

Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson turn 34 and 32 respectively next season. Fabian Balbuena has left the club and there remain doubts over Issa Diop.

The Hammers have also been linked with the likes James Tarkowski and Duje Caleta-Car.

In other West Ham transfer news, Moyes and the owners need to get their skates on if they want to sign prime striker target Tammy Abraham.

And Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is still very much available.

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