West Ham United have been linked with a move for AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu.

Manuel Pellegrini wants six new signings this summer.

The Chilean reportedly wants two strikers, two midfielders, a defender and a backup goalkeeper.

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One down, five to go?

And he already has one ticked off the list after ‘keeper Roberto replaced fellow Spaniard Adrian in East London at the weekend.

One of Pellegrini’s reported midfield targets is Calhanoglu, one of Europe’s most deadly free-kick specialists.

But according to Calciomercato last month, Milan were refusing to sell for anything less than a ‘considerable profit’ on the near £20 million they paid for him in 2017.

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Milan demands appeared to dash Hammers hopes

That left the Hammers needing to find around £30million if they wanted to capture the playmaker.

The 25-year-old scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in his first season at the San Siro. But the Turkey international struggled last term with just three goals, although he did lay on nine for teammates.

 

There was good news from Italy on Sunday evening, though, after a new report claimed Milan will now take around half that for Calhanoglu in a cost-cutting exercise.

According to Corriere dello Sport, and as also reported by Football Italia, Calhanoglu is one of three saleable assets Milan are looking to offload for financial reasons.

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New report claims Milan will take half

CEO Ivan Gazidis – formerly of Arsenal – plans to make sweeping changes to his squad. The report claims he will be ‘slicing the wage bill and balancing the books’.

The report claims Milan will now accept around £15million for Calhanoglu, who has over 40 caps for Turkey.

West Ham have also been linked with moves for combative midfielder Fabian Delph and playmaker Andre Gomes.

Milan’s change of stance could persuade West Ham to pursue Calhanoglu as the cheaper option after Pellegrini saw an £18 million bid for Portugal star Gomes rejected by Barcelona (Sky Sports).

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