West Ham have been linked with Nikola Milenkovic for some time, with the Hammers reportedly making attempts to sign the Fiorentina defender last year.

At the time, the player had a contract expiring in June 2022, which put some pressure on the Serie A side over a transfer. There was a belief, that due to that contract situation, West Ham could sign the player for not much more than €20m, but a deal didn’t happen and Milenkovic signed a renewal as the transfer window was coming to an end.

Crucially, that renewal only extended his contract until 2023, which puts Fiorentina in exactly the same position again this summer.

Corriere Fiorentino report the extension seemed like something of a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with the player’s agent, making a reasonable-priced transfer possible again this summer, and removing the chance of leaving as a free agent.

West Ham and Inter Milan are said to have ‘set their sights’ on the player, and there’s also other interest from England although the club, or clubs, isn’t named.

A stay and another renewal isn’t completely ruled out, and it will largely depend on what offers arrive in the coming months.

Over to West Ham, then.