West Ham could be set to battle it out with Arsenal and Tottenham for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie according to a report from Milan Live.
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The Hammers were first linked with a move to sign the 44-capped Ivory Coast international back in December 2019 (Calcio Mercato).
Well-renowned club insider ExWHUemployee then backed those claims up.
And now Milan Live suggest that West Ham are once again monitoring Kessie ahead of the summer transfer window.
There are two problems for the Hammers, however.
Arsenal and Tottenham allegedly want the AC Milan ace as well.
And the Italian giants reportedly value the 24-year-old at around €50 million (£42 million).
West Ham boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be looking to bolster his central midfield ranks at the London Stadium in the summer.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have forged a superb partnership in the middle of the park. Moyes has little to call upon in reserve, however.
Franck Kessie would be a superb addition for West Ham
The 24-year-old midfield powerhouse possesses all of the attributes the Hammers need in central midfield.
He is strong, a tenacious tackler and has real energy and drive.
In 25 Serie A appearances for AC Milan this season, Kessie has racked up nine goals and two assists. During those outings, he has averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per game. The 24-year-old has averaged 50.1 passes per game with a hugely impressive completion rate of 88.9% (Who Scored).
Those really are some very impressive stats.
Kessie is enjoying the season of a lifetime. So it is little wonder why Milan are allegedly demanding around £42 million for him.
Arsenal and Tottenham chasing the Ivorian will undoubtedly be an inconvenience for West Ham. The reported price-tag is arguably more of an issue, however.
Should the Hammers achieve European qualification, we might just have a chance of signing the Milan star though. Our worldwide reputation will improve and the club’s finances should receive a welcome boost.
Signing Kessie would be an absolutely huge statement from West Ham. And beating the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal to his signature would make it even sweeter.