The Hammers manager David Moyes has made his first formal summer transfer window move by seeking to sign long-term target Nikola Milenkovic.
Since last summer, West Ham has been heavily linked with the Serbian, who has been dubbed the “next Nemanja Vidic.”
If Milenkovic is half as good as the famous Manchester United and Serbian international, they are in for a treat.
Last year, Moyes targeted Milenkovic, but Fiorentina’s valuation was too high.
At the end of the transfer period, he signed Craig Dawson on loan before finalizing a £2.5 million deal.
West Ham made a £15.5 million proposal for Milenkovic yesterday, according to Sky Sports Italia and Football Italia.
According to the report, the West Ham and Fiorentina are £7-10 million away in their fee negotiations.
However, West Ham are plainly undervaluing a player worth about £30 million because his contract – which he has no intention of extending, according to the report – expires at the end of next season.
Juventus, Napoli, and Lazio are all said to be interested in signing Milenkovic.
The defender has already earned 28 caps for Serbia and appeared in 34 Serie A games for the Tuscans last season, scoring three goals and contributing one assist.
The news follows reports that the Hammers had dropped their interest in Burnley defender James Tarkowski, another long-term Moyes target (Daily Mail).
Another West Ham target is Duje Caleta-Car, according to reports. But, given West Ham’s interest in Milenkovic, it’s evident that he’s the man Moyes wants.