West Ham make a £20m bid for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic after having offers for James Tarkowski and Wesley Fofana rejected

  • West Ham are stepping up their pursuit of a defender before deadline day
  • They have made a £20m bid for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic
  • David Moyes has seen offers for James Tarkowski and Wesley Fofana rejected 

West Ham are making a £20million move for Fiorentina centre back Nikola Milenkovic.

The 22-year old Serbia international has emerged as the latest target for West Ham after bids for Burnley’s James Tarkowski and St Etienne’s Wesley Fofana were rebuffed.

Milenkovic is 6ft 5ins tall and technically good with the versatility to be able to play at right back also.

West Ham are making a £20million move for Fiorentina centre back Nikola Milenkovic (right)

West Ham are making a £20million move for Fiorentina centre back Nikola Milenkovic (right)

Milenkovic is 6'5" tall and technically good with the versatility to be able to play at right-back

Milenkovic is 6’5″ tall and technically good with the versatility to be able to play at right-back

He has been tracked by some of Europe’s top sides, including Manchester United and the offer may yet fall short of Fiorentina’s valuation.

David Moyes has made strengthening his defence a priority of this transfer window and is also discussing a move for Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal.

Moyes needs cover in that position after Ryan Fredericks picked up a hamstring injury in the 4-0 win over Wolves on Sunday evening.

David Moyes is also discussing a possible move for Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal

David Moyes is also discussing a possible move for Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal

Coufal, 28, is a Czech Republic international and former teammate of West Ham’s Tomas Soucek. 

He was part of the Czech side that beat England 2-1 last October in the European Championship qualifiers, though struggled against the pace of Raheem Sterling.

Bruges’ goalscoring midfielder Hans Vanaken is also among players Moyes is keen on. 

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