Tuttosport: West Ham switch targets from €25m Milan powerhouse to €40m Rossoneri target

By Oliver Fisher -

West Ham United are still keeping an eye on AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, a report claims, but they appear to prefer a Rossoneri target instead.

We reported two weeks ago that the Rossoneri are ready to allow Kessie to leave if their asking price is met, as his agent had been told during a meeting that his client is no longer considered a cornerstone of Elliott Management’s project, with West Ham and Wolves interested.

Il Corriere dello Sport then reported on Monday that the Hammers have firmed up their interest by making an official bid for the Ivorian, though it is below the €25million that Milan are currently asking for in order to part with the 23-year-old.

According to Tuttosport – as cited by MilanNews.it – Kessie is still attracting a number of admirers despite his poor recent form, of which West Ham are one.

However, the Turin-based outlet also adds that the London club may have switched targets to Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes, who the Diavolo have been linked with.

Sky in the UK reported last Thursday that Benfica are listening to offers for the 20-year-old, valued at €40m, with Lyon and Milan having ‘made formal offers’ for the player, while Everton and Manchester United have also been linked.

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