Some West Ham United fans were sent into meltdown overnight when it was reported that Tottenham Hotspur had hijacked their move for Nikola Milenkovic.
West Ham were said to have been on the verge of signing Fiorentina defender Milenkovic earlier this week.
Tottenham hijack West Ham’s move for Milenkovic – report
But despite countless claims that the deal is ‘edging closer’ West Ham are yet to land the Serbian centre half with agent fees a reported sticking point.
So some Hammers fans were furious to read a report from Sky Sports that their bitter rivals Tottenham were pouncing to try and land Milenkovic instead.
“Tottenham are in talks to sign Nikola Milenkovic after his proposed move to West Ham broke down,” Sky Sports claim.
“The Hammers have been unable to agree a deal for the Fiorentina defender and discussions have ended for now.
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“Milenkovic has also been on the list of Spurs’ new managing director of football Fabio Paratici this summer, as they search for a player who can play right-back and centre-back.”
But claims that Milenkovic is close to a move to either West Ham or Spurs have been blown out of the water by the actions of Fiorentina and the player last night.
That’s after Milenkovic played the full 90 minutes for La Viola in a 4-0 Coppa Italia win over Serie B side Cosenza.
Given that Milenkovic is out of contract next summer Fiorentina know they must cash in on him now, while they still can.
So if he was close to a move anywhere – for a reported £16 million no less – there is no chance the player or club would risk a potentially hugely expensive injury.
The fact Milenkovic played the whole game would suggest a move to West Ham or Tottenham – or anywhere for that matter – is anything but close.
No chance Serie A side would risk passing up £17m
Transfer tittle tattle and the tiresome claims and counter claims are to be expected this time of year.
But let’s live in the real world, Fiorentina are not going to risk missing out on that kind of money when the consequence is losing the player for nothing.
David Moyes has allowed centre-back Frederik Alves to leave on loan.
Given the Scot only has Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as centre back options, many feel that is a signal West Ham are confident of landing a new defender.
Tottenham have already spent over £46m on Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero.
And Spurs have also been trying to sign another reported West Ham target, Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu.