West Ham could go back in for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic in January according to a report from Calciomercato.it.
Hammers boss David Moyes could be forced to buy a new centre-back next month having lost both Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma to long-term injuries.
If West Ham are to maintain our place inside the top four, Moyes must sign a top-class central defender in January, as well as an established centre-forward.
The East London outfit have already been linked with plenty of new defenders but it seems as though an old name has cropped up once again.
West Ham to back in for Milenkovic in January?
Calciomercato.it reckon that the 24-year-old is back on the Hammers’ radar ahead of the January transfer window.
West Ham have been chasing Milenkovic for quite some time (ExWHUemployee).
In fact, the Hammers were prepared to pay around £23 million in the summer for the towering Serbia international (Fiorentina Uno).
The good news is that he could be available for just £12.8 million now according to Calciomercato.it. He only has 18 months remaining on his current deal in Florence.
Described as an ‘extraordinary defender’ by x-sport news, Milenkovic is a truly elite centre-back.
In 34 Serie A appearances for Fiorentina last season, the Serbian scored three goals and registered one assist. In those outings, he averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 3.6 clearances and one block per match. The 23-year-old won an average of 3 aerial duals per game. He also had an 86% pass completion rate from an average of 46.6 passes per match (Who Scored).
In 13 games this term he has improved in all of those statistical categories apart from clearances.
£12.8 million seems like outstanding business to us.
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And for that price, West Ham cannot afford to miss out on Milenkovic.