West Ham have been linked with a plethora of players already this month.

And it is absolutely vital that they bring in at least two or three players, if they are to avoid the drop this season.

Two or their key targets are reportedly AC Milan duo Franck Kessie and Krzysztof Piatek.

The Evening Standard claimed a couple of days ago that the 23-year-old Ivorian has been offered to the Hammers.

Respected Italian journalist Carlo Pellegatti suggested via his official YouTube account towards the end of last year that Milan could be willing to sell the midfielder for just €25 million (£21 million).

Calcio Mercato, meanwhile, reported two days ago that West Ham are ‘remaining vigilant’ in their pursuit of Piatek. Whilst Sport Mediaset claims that the 24-year-old could be available for around £25 million.

On the face of it, the two players would surely be great additions for the Hammers.

 

But is everything what it seems?

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Frank Kessie with Krzysztof Piatek (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

The Hammers should be wary. AC Milan are experiencing a torrid campaign, and currently sit in eight position in the Serie A table, a distant 10 points adrift of the top four.

Yet they are reportedly so keen to move on two of their supposed key players? There must be more to this than meets the eye.

Piatek has been very poor in front of goal this season. Despite his heroics for Genoa and Milan last term, his performance levels have seriously dropped since the start of this campaign. The 24-year-old has scored just four goals in 18 Serie A outings since August.

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Krzysztof Piatek and Franck Kessie (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

And West Ham absolutely must not ignore this, if they are indeed considering making an offer for the Poland international.

Kessie, meanwhile, seems to have everything that the Hammers need in midfield. He is said to be a powerful player who is energetic, dynamic and has real athleticism. If this is the case, however, why on earth are Milan trying to ship him out for just a relatively small fee?

There is also the small matter of the Ivorian’s disciplinary problems. He partook in a brawl with his teammate Lucas Biglia on the bench during a match last year (Football Italia).

Usually, there is no smoke without fire.

And although both players could go on to be useful additions for West Ham, if Moyes does indeed bring them to the London Stadium, the Hammers must ensure that they do due diligence on the Milan duo before attempting to sign either of them.

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