West Ham United target Nikola Milenkovic is said to be ‘untouchable’ in the January transfer window according to a report from Calciomercato.it.
Hammers boss David Moyes is allegedly keen to bring the 24-year-old Fiorentina ace to the London Stadium next month (Calciomercato.it).
West Ham are currently sitting in fourth spot in the Premier League table. We have a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Tottenham and a Europa League last 16 tie to look forward to as well.
Things are going very well at the London Stadium at the moment. In order to continue our fine form though, the addition of a top-class centre-back and a striker next month will be a necessity.
And Milenkovic would be an exceptional signing for West Ham.
There could be a real problem on the horizon for the Hammers though.
West Ham rocked by ‘untouchable’ January transfer window Nikola Milenkovic news
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.
The bad news though is that Fiorentina now consider him to be ‘untouchable’ in the January transfer window (Calciomercato.it).
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.
The problem is that we may well struggle to sign him in January now.
Does Moyes wait until the summer to make his move or explore alternative options in January? The latter will probably be more likely, considering how short we are in central defence at the moment.