By Pranav Shahaney

12th Nov, 2021 | 11:10am

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.

Shame

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.

In other West Ham news, an Athletic journalist has made a David Gold exit claim as Kretinsky completes his investment

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