West Ham could launch a swoop to sign AC Milan and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie in the January transfer window, according to MilanNews.
The story, which was written by former SportItalia journalist Antonio Vitiello, claims that West Ham might invest in Kessie, 22, in the New Year as they are aware that Milan will cash in on the central midfielder for between £17.1million and £21.4million.
MilanNews adds that Wolves are also in the hunt to sign Kessie, who only joined Milan on a permanent deal from Atalanta in the summer after spending two seasons on loan at the San Siro.
West Ham need to strengthen almost every area of their squad in the January transfer window if they can but the issue is bound to be the funds that are available to Manuel Pellegrini – or whoever might be in charge. West Ham’s summer window ended with a damp squib after big outlays for Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals but there have been plenty of players shifted on and Javier Hernandez was sold later on in August. There could be money to spend and if there is a real threat of relegation, David Sullivan and David Gold could boost the manager’s transfer budget. If that happens then signing a new central midfielder could be something that whoever is in charge wants to do and Kessie might be a good addition. He’s good on the ball, young and seems to be available for a fair fee. January isn’t actually that far away anymore.