According to a report from Milan News, Newcastle have had a €30 million (£27 million) bid rejected for alleged West Ham target Franck Kessie.
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And now seems like the ideal time for the Hammers to make their move for the AC Milan ace.
That is if the West Ham board are ready to show any kind of ambition whatsoever.
David Moyes will be desperate to bolster his central midfield ranks at the London Stadium.
Sure, the Hammers might sign Tomas Soucek on a permanent deal this summer. But that won’t be enough.
Carlos Sanchez will be leaving, whilst Mark Noble isn’t the player he once was. And Declan Rice has been heavily linked with an exit as well (Claret and Hugh).
Steve Bruce will also want to reinforce his engine room at St James’ Park.
And Milan News claims that Newcastle have made the first move for AC Milan ace Franck Kessie. The Magpies have allegedly seen their bid of £27 million for the Ivorian rejected.
And if West Ham have any ambition whatsoever, they need to act by making their own move for the 23-year-old.
Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato claims that West Ham want to sign Kessie this summer.
And what a brilliant addition he would be for David Moyes.
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 is powerful, energetic and dynamic. He seems to be ideally suited to the robust, frenetically paced Premier League.
The prospect of a midfield of Kessie, Soucek and Rice is an incredibly exciting one for Hammers fans.
And West Ham must now make their move, if they are to pip Newcastle in the race to sign the dynamic Ivorian.