According to a report from Italian media outlet Milan News, West Ham have made an enquiry for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.
The 22-year-old faces an uncertain future at the San Siro. And the Hammers seem to be leading the race to sign him.
Italian journalist Carlo Pellegatti claimed yesterday that Kessie will join either West Ham or Wolves in January.
And Milan News have now backed up that claim by suggesting that the east London outfit have already enquired about the 39-capped Ivory Coast international.
It is claimed that Kessie will cost West Ham between €20-25 million (£17-21m). They will face competition from Wolves for his signature, however.
The powerful Milan ace would be a sensational signing for the Hammers. His strength, dynamism and drive in midfield is exactly what Manuel Pellegrini’s side currently lack.
He would be the perfect partner for Declan Rice and the ideal long-term successor to Mark Noble.
Kessie was described as a ‘midfield monster’ by his former teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng.
The Ivorian has the potential to go on and become one of the very best midfielders in Europe.
And if West Ham do manage to sign him for around £17-20 million, it would surely be considered as an absolute coup for the east London outfit.