West Ham are planning to make a formal approach for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic “soon”, according to ExWHUemployee.
The insider source was speaking on the West Ham Way podcast when he said that the Hammers could either table a £15m bid or use Felipe Anderson as part of the offer:
“We have enquired about Milenkovic, ideally we would like to take him for £15m and we would certainly encourage any deal that involved Anderson going that way too… Milenkovic is said to welcome the move to West Ham but also has an interest in the other rumoured interested clubs. I expect us to submit a firm offer soon.”
Milenkovic has been linked with a whole host of English clubs in recent months, including Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Chelsea, and fans on Twitter are hoping that West Ham don’t drag their heels in trying to sign the Serbian international:
Finally. SOME GOOD NEWS
— ?? Arthur ?? (@FornalsFluency) June 28, 2021
Soon? Do it now
— Connor Marshall (@conwhufc03) June 28, 2021
We will soon email Fiorentina and ask if we can bid and then take 3 weeks to think about it
— XXXXXX (@ironlies11) June 28, 2021
At least that's some good news in this dark cloud
— Eamon (@whuamen) June 28, 2021
I am not gonna get to excited just yet as it will probably be another 3 weeks before we put the offer in….
— Jay83 (@Jay8320) June 28, 2021
— And (@ANDAMA73x) June 28, 2021
Why are we waiting, get it done if this is Moyes no 1 target in that position
— Tomo (@marktho35631130) June 28, 2021
Why soon? Why not now? I dont understand this! Unless we want to pretend that we want these players only to miss out due to taking too long. Then they can say we tried! Just get it done!
— Paulinho (@Paulinh22836565) June 28, 2021
The 23-year-old has one year remaining on his contract at Fiorentina but the Serie A club are thought to be holding out for around €25m (£21.5m). That is slightly higher than what the Irons are said to be prepared to pay but we shall see if a compromise can be reached as and when the two sides start negotiations.