According to a report from Calcio Mercato, Fiorentina will sell contract rebel Nikola Milenkovic if he hasn’t signed a new contract by Christmas. So perhaps West Ham may be able to pick him up on the cheap in January.

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The Hammers made a £23 million bid for the Fiorentina centre-back during the summer transfer window according to a report from Gianluca Di Marzio.

Calcio Mercato suggested that the Serie A outfit were demanding closer to £35 million, however.

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The 23-year-old is out of contract with Fiorentina in the summer of 2022.

And Calcio Mercato claims that the Italian club will try to sell Milenkovic in January if he hasn’t signed a new deal by Christmas.

The 24-capped Serbia international will have just 18 months remaining on his contract by that time. So perhaps West Ham will be able to pick him up for a cut-price fee.

AS Roma v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A
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It is suggested by Calcio Mercato that the Italians are already prepared to lower their demands for the 23-year-old defender.

And what a fantastic addition Milenkovic would be for the Hammers.

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The 22-year-old played 37 Serie A games for Fiorentina last season, scoring five goals in the process. During those outings, the Serbian averaged 1.2 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 3.3 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game. He also won an average of 2.3 aerial duals per match during that period of games (Who Scored).

Milenkovic is an absolutely superb player. And he would improve West Ham’s defence immeasurably.

Bringing him to the London Stadium in January will be an absolute no brainer for David Moyes. And if we manage to pick the 23-year-old for a bargain fee, it will be an added bonus.

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