West Ham eye former Man Utd target after Zouma setback

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West Ham eye former Man Utd target after Zouma setback

West Ham are ‘in talks’ with Fiorentina over a move for centre-back Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports.

Milenkovic, 23, has been with Fiorentina since 2017 and has attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur during his time in Italy.

United were plotting a swoop for him this summer but were put off by Fiorentina’s asking price, rumoured to be around £38m. They have since signed Raphael Varane instead.



Milenkovic has just one year left on his deal and is now being courted by the Hammers, , who are on the lookout for a new centre-back.

Their first choice had been Kurt Zouma, the Chelsea defender, but they have fallen short of the Blues’ £25m valuation of the Frenchman.

Zouma would reportedly ‘welcome’ a move to West Ham in favour of going to Sevilla, to whom he has been offered, but the English side are only prepared to pay £20m.

Elsewhere at West Ham, Noel Whelan has criticised the club for treating right-back Vladimir Coufal “like an 18-year-old”.

Coufal is negotiating a new contract with the Hammers with their attempts to build the deal around performance-based incentives.

“I don’t think that’s right,” . “Look at last year with his performances and what he brought to the side.

 

 

“I think you start throwing in incentives when kids are coming through and signing their first professional form. This, to me, doesn’t seem right.

“If he is a big player and he’s that important to you, then you put the money down straight away.

“It’s a very simple signing of a contract: ‘It’s what you deserve for what you put in last season. We don’t want to lose you and we want to show you your worth.’

“That comes down to a lump sum that you’re going to be getting each week. Not really on incentives because he’s part of a team that got you into Europe.

“He drove you there so well last season with some assists too. I’m not surprised he’s very disappointed.

“They are taking a risk in putting a contract in front of somebody like that with incentives. It’s what you would do with an 18 or 19-year-old.”

 

 

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Tottenham hand Devine his first professional contract

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Tottenham hand Devine his first professional contract

Tottenham Hotspur have handed midfielder Alfie Devine his first professional deal on his 17th birthday.

Devine became Tottenham’s youngest-ever player and scorer in January when he stepped off the bench to net in their 5-0 FA Cup win at Marine.

: “We are delighted to announce that Alfie Devine has signed his first professional contract with the club.



“The young midfielder, who celebrates his 17th birthday today, has signed a contract that will run until 2024.”

Devine joined Tottenham’s academy from Wigan in the summer of 2020 and his debut against Marine in the FA Cup third round last season is his only senior appearance for the Premier League club.

Elsewhere at Spurs, Paul Merson has identified Raul Jimenez as the perfect replacement for .

“I have been following Wolves’ Raul Jimenez for quite some time now and I’m shocked that the big six have not made a note of his abilities,” .

“Jimenez has propelled Wolves to a mid-table finish and his side has struggled in his absence this year.

“Jimenez is crucial to Wolves’ fortunes and their former manager Nuno Espirito Santo effectively lost his job because of the striker’s absence. Santo’s Wolves side suffered devastating defeats to the likes of Burnley last season and nearly lost their place in the Premier League.

“With Nuno Espirito Santo now in North London, Spurs may well have an alternative to Harry Kane this season. With the England captain possibly on his way out, Santo will need to sign a replacement and Raul Jimenez suits the role to perfection.

“The centre-forward could also bring the best out of Heung-Min Son and make him look like one of the best in the Premier League.

“Son’s new four-year contract at the club could either indicate Harry Kane’s decision to stay or could prepare Tottenham for a future with an alternative striker.

“Raul Jimenez’s involvement with the Mexico national team could deny him a move to a big club, however, given that the travel and time difference could complicate matters pertaining to his Premier League ambitions.

“I cannot possibly think of another reason why he has not been signed by a bigger club – Raul Jimenez is one of the best strikers on offer at the moment and is the most underrated player in the Premier League.”

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