Report: West Ham offer for 22-year-old rejected, time running out

West Ham United have had an offer for Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic rejected by Fiorentina, according to Gianluca Di Marzio

The Hammers are desperate for defensive recruits before the transfer window closes on Monday evening and look set to land Czech full-back Vladimir Coufal to bolster their ranks on the right-hand side. 

However, a new commanding centre-half is a priority for West Ham and the East London club have been linked with a host of new faces over recent weeks. 

Milenkovic has been an impressive performer for Fiorentina in recent times and looks set for a big future in the game, with the Hammers’ reported attempts to land him surely exciting the fans. 

However, the latest report suggests West Ham’s offer has been rejected, despite the Florence-based outfit looking to secure a deal for River Plate’s Martinez Quarta. 

Time is running out for the Hammers to add a centre-half of quality, with David Moyes’ men lacking strength in depth at the heart of their rearguard. 

It would be good to see West Ham go all out to sign a new defender of quality, but the club are seemingly operating on a tight budget. 

It remains to be seen whether the Hammers will make another attempt to land Milenkovic, with no mention of how much the initial offer from the Irons was.