As Tottenham falls behind in the race, West Ham is in early talks to recruit Nikola Milenkovic.

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As Tottenham falls behind in the race, West Ham is in early talks to recruit Nikola Milenkovic.

West Ham are close to completing the signing of Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic.

West Ham have reached an agreement with Fiorentina to sign centre-back Nikola Milenkovic. After stepping up their pursuit of the Serbian international earlier this week, as detailed in our weekly piece Taylor’s Tuesday Transfers, the Hammers are now hopeful of negotiating a fee with La Viola, according to Express Sport.

The West Ham leadership recently held talks with Chelsea about signing Kurt Zouma, but the Frenchman was priced out of the deal.

For the former Stoke and Everton loanee, David Moyes and the board were willing to pay roughly £20 million.

Chelsea, on the other hand, made it obvious that they wanted closer to £30 million as West Ham walked away from the table.

Instead, they’ve turned their attention to Milenkovic, a player who was widely watched during the January transfer window earlier this year.

Pep Guardiola is ‘planning a position move’ for Jack Grealish in a rotational role at Manchester City, according to reports.

Fiorentina is now willing to sell the 23-year-old midfielder, who is in the final year of his contract.

According to rumors in Italy, the Serie A club is planning to replace him with Matija Nastasic, a former Manchester City defender.

West Ham are close to meeting Fiorentina’s value of the player, according to Express Sport, but there are still a few key elements to iron out before a deal is struck.

After initially offering roughly £14 million for the midfielder, the Irons are reported to be willing to spend up to £17 million for him.

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As they seek to increase their squad to battle European demands this season, West Ham have failed to bring fresh faces through the door.

The Hammers were considering Matheus Pereira as a possible signing, and preliminary conversations with the players’ representation were held.

From West Brom, the Brazilian has signed a permanent agreement with Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

Tottenham are also interested in Milenkovic as a replacement for Toby Alderweireld, though they have yet to make a bid.

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