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West Ham transfer news: Coventry to stay, club target Milenkovic while moving on from Onuachu

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Aminat Aigbe

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