West Ham transfer news: Coventry to stay, club target Milenkovic while moving on from Onuachu
West Ham target in-demand young Serbian center-back
West Ham looks to build on their unexpected 2020-21 Premier League campaign that saw them finish sixth and just two points off fourth with summer business that could angle them to remain in contention for the top-seven places.
West Ham are progressing in negotiations with Fiorentina to sign Nikola Milenkovic as centre-back. Details still to be discussed to reach an agreement but talks ongoing. 🇷🇸 #WHUFC
Fiorentina are closing on Matija Nastasić as replacement. No Zouma for West Ham, as of now.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 5, 2021
After links with interest in Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma have broken down, the Hammers have turned their attention toward Fiorentina’s young Serbian center-back Nikola Milenkovic.
Fabrizio Romano had tweeted regarding the interest from West Ham, but David Moyes’ outfit will face stiff competition from both Juventus and Sevilla if they are to secure the services of the full international and FK Partizan youth product.
To date, Milenkovic has made 121-appearances for La Viola, while scoring 11-goals along the way. He has also earned 28-caps for his country after making his debut back in 2018 and would offer a very good long-term option at the heart of the defense along with Issa Diop.
Hammers move on from Nigerian international
KRC Genk’s Nigerian international center-forward Paul Onuachu was a recent target for West Ham this summer as the club looks to receive a boon in their options upfront. Last season’s joint-top scorer Michail Antonio remains the only true option to lead the line for David Moyes moving into the 2021-22 campaign.
Despite interest in Genk’s prolific target man, West Ham has decided to seek out more affordable options according to Belgian outlet VoetbalBelgie.
Genk was quoted as wanting in excess of €26-million for the former FC Midtjylland man who bagged a combined 35-goals last term, including 29 in the Jupiler Pro league en route to being the league’s top scorer while helping Blauw-Wit to a fourth-place finish.
🇳🇬 Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu scored the opening goal in Genk’s UCL qualifier vs Shakhtar Donetsk, but his side lost 2-1. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/RhKKk79aHK
— Goal Africa (@GoalAfrica) August 3, 2021
Onuachu has started slow this campaign, failing to score in Genk’s 1-1 draw against Standard Liege while being dropped from the squad in their 4-3 loss to KV Oostende, though he did open his account in their Champions League qualifying fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk.
David Moyes to find a place for Conor Coventry
As the question of depth continues to be tackled this summer as West Ham will now face a two-front campaign both at home and in the Europa League, an internal option has presented itself in the vein of academy product Conor Coventry.
West Ham have pulled the plug on Peterborough’s loan move for Conor Coventry.
David Moyes was willing to loan out the 21 year old at first, but has now decided he wants the midfielder in his first team squad for the upcoming season [Football Insider] pic.twitter.com/mAennNUxT3
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) August 6, 2021
It was expected that the London-native was being angled for another loan move away in the upcoming season with Championship outfit Peterborough keen on the youngster, but after having impressed David Moyes, Coventry has been brought into the fold in the first-team and any loan move has been called-off.
This constitutes a smart economical move by the club, who at current can only count on Declan Rice, Tomáš Souček, and captain Mark Noble as their only true options in central midfield. With Noble now thirty-four and Rice regularly linked with a big-money move away from the London Stadium, Coventry could be in line for a bigger role at the club of his youth sooner than expected especially given the additional fixture congestion in the upcoming 2021-22 campaign.