West Ham eye Nikola Milenkovic transfer after Kurt Zouma move broke down over Chelsea ace’s demands

WEST HAM will make a bid for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic after talks with Kurt Zouma broke down over wages.

The Hammers wanted Chelsea centre-back Zouma in a £20million deal but the France international discovered they were unwilling to meet his personal demands.

West Ham will concentrate their efforts on signing Nikola Milenkovic after talks with Kurt Zouma broke down

Boss David Moyes will instead push on with his initial interest in Milenkovic, 23, who is valued at £14m by Fiorentina.

The Serbia international only has one year left on his deal with the Serie A club, which is why he is available at such a knockdown price.

Milenkovic is thought to be keen on a move to West Ham, despite interest earlier this summer from Juventus and Tottenham.

Moyes will then focus on landing a new striker.

Tammy Abraham has been linked to The Hammers but Arsenal could look to hijack a potential deal.

Moyes is also trying to persuade West Brom to loan Brazilian attacker Matheus Pereira before a permanent transfer.

Kurt Zouma has turned down a move to West Ham

Kurt Zouma has turned down a move to West Ham

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The 25-year-old is being viewed as an alternative to Jesse Lingard, with the England international unlikely to re-join West Ham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has found a place in his squad for Lingard after he scored nine goals in 16 games on loan at the London Stadium last year.

The Hammers have only signed one player this summer, Alphonse Areola, despite the fact they have a European campaign coming up this season.

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