West Ham continue to be left frustrated in their attempts to sign Nikola Milenkovic…
What’s the word?
The ever-reliable ExWHUemployee dropped a fresh update on the situation earlier this week and it’s sure to leave many around the London Stadium absolutely furious.
“For the last week or so I have reported that agent’s fees (particularly where Milenkovic is concerned) are an issue and that this is what is holding up the deal,” he revealed to his Patreon site ‘The West Ham Way’.
“Milenkovic’s contract is up at the end of the season and this is obviously the most profitable scenario for an agent – where a club doesn’t have to pay a transfer fee and all this money goes to the player and agent.
“Therefore, Milenkovic’s agent is doing what is common at this point and wanting some high fees, which the club do not wish to pay.
“The transfer fee and contract terms are said to be agreed but the agent fee is stopping the deal. The communication is now at a standoff with both sides refusing to budge.”
Will Milenkovic become a West Ham player?
Leaving it late
The Hammers faithful could be forgiven for being annoyed at this stage. With a little over two weeks to go in the transfer window, they have made just one signing – backup goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
It’s no secret that David Moyes needs reinforcements right across the pitch, especially as the Irons will be competing in the Europa League this campaign.
However, their season gets underway with a trip to Newcastle United on Sunday, so it’s too late for any late signing to make the squad.
Milenkovic has been mooted with a switch to East London for several weeks now, though there is clearly a major stumbling block that is preventing it from happening just yet, and this will frustrate Moyes and the West Ham fanbase.
Assistant manager Stuart Pearce recently spoke about their struggles in the transfer market, claiming to talkSPORT: “We’ve made bids for certain players and not been able to get one or two for varying reasons but a little bit of common sense has to come into it.”
It’s believed that a new centre-back is among the Scot’s top priorities, particularly with concerns over Angelo Ogbonna’s latest injury and fitness, so the longer this Milenkovic situation rumbles on, the more worried, and perhaps desperate, he’ll get.
West Ham’s frustrations aren’t ending just yet.
AND in other news, West Ham given massive Jesse Lingard transfer boost…