If you paid attention to the transfer rumours surrounding West Ham during last summer’s window, you will be aware that the Hammers came close to signing Nikola Milenkovic.

David Moyes wanted a new centre-back at London Stadium, and while Kurt Zouma was eventually signed from Chelsea, it was the Serbian who was initially chosen.

Reports suggested West Ham came very close to getting their man, but the move eventually collapsed at the last minute.

The reasons for that differ depending on the source, and the player eventually signed a one-year extension with Fiorentina, who might find themselves in a similar situation in the coming months.

That’s because Milenkovic has enjoyed a good season with the Serie A side this year, and ‘the admirers grow more and more’, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

It’s made clear he ‘continues to have a good market’ in the Premier League, but the likes of Milan and Juventus are also. In the mix now.

While he stayed last year because of a ‘lack of real alternatives’, since West Ham were the only ones to really come forward, ‘a lot will be different’ this year.

That means that if the Hammers were hoping to have another go at getting their man this summer, they are in for a tougher battle.