Fabrizio Romano addresses 'crazy' Nikola Milenkovic-West Ham transfer collapse
Fabrizio Romano has detailed the events that led to West Ham not signing Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic in the summer.
Milenkovic, 23, appeared to be the Irons’ number one centre-back target until a deal collapsed in July.
Speaking on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast [07/09/21], Italian transfer guru Romano has given an insight into the goings-on that blocked the move.
He said: “One of the most crazy deals of the summer, in my opinion, because it was really done, it was really done, Nikola Milenkovic to West Ham.
“Then they decided to sign Kurt Zouma weeks later but they were more than close to Milenkovic, it was at final stages but West Ham changed their mind with David Moyes and the board last minute, so after final negotiations with the player and his agent they said ‘okay, no, we’re going to move on another player, thank you’.”
Best one won
Given a straight choice between Milenkovic and Zouma, the majority of West Ham fans would surely have opted for the French international.
Zouma is a Champions League and Premier League winner with bags of experience, and is only 26 years of age.
That domestic experience was likely vital in persuading Moyes to sign him instead of Milenkovic, who is yet to play in England.
Moyes also likes his defenders to add a goal threat to his side, and Zouma’s tally of five in the Premier League last term surely piqued the Scot’s interest further.
All in all, West Ham and Moyes will be happy with their summer’s work, while Milenkovic will surely seal a move to England soon if his form continues.
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