Fiorentina unwilling to sell West Ham target Nikola Milenkovic in January
West Ham are reportedly unlikely to be able to sign centre-back Nikola Milenkovic in January as Fiorentina are unwilling to sell him.
According to Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Angelo Ogbonna’s season-ending injury has seen the Hammers identify the Serbia international as a target in the winter window.
However, Fiorentina, who tied him down to a new deal this summer, view him as un-transferable in January, meaning West Ham may have to look elsewhere.
The 23-year-old would’ve been an ideal signing for David Moyes’ side, not just in January, but also in the summer.
He’s a phenomenal aerial presence due to him being 6ft 4in and is ideal for the Hammers during set plays.
We’ve seen this West Ham side rely a great deal on corners for their goals and signing Milenkovic almost guarantees you two or three headed strikes per season.
Apart from that, he’s also a solid defensive presence and could be the long-term partner to Kurt Zouma.
Bleacher Report’s Rory Marsden waxed lyrical over him in 2018, and said, “Milenkovic is a fantastic aerial presence thanks to his stature, while he is also a mature reader of the game.”
However, it seems like it’s going to take something special to lure him away from Serie A this January and a summer move seems the more likely option.
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