West Ham United are involved in a three-way battle with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal as they bid to sign Franck Kessie from AC Milan, according to claims from The Guardian.
After a mixed season at San Siro, the Ivorian midfielder’s future in Italy is uncertain, and clubs from the Premier League appear to be pondering swoops.
Kessie made 34 appearances in Serie A last season and was rather productive at the heart of Gennaro Gattuso’s plans, scoring seven goals and contributing with three assists.
West Ham could be keen to add to their midfield options ahead of their second campaign under Manuel Pellegrini after they were hit with an injury crisis in the middle of the park for significant periods last term.
Kessie may not be a replacement for Declan Rice, with the Hammers likely to be desperate to keep hold of their academy product this summer, but it seems he is certainly on their radar.
The 22-year-old will not be short of offers should he leave Milan, though, and moves to either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur would guarantee him European football next season.
Why Kessie would be a good signing for West Ham
Kessie is arguably an upgrade on all of West Ham’s current midfield options. He would be a signing who would genuinely improve the team.
Kessie has the potential to become an excellent player. He is still young, and his best years are ahead of him.
Kessie is capable of playing in a holding role or as a box-to-box midfielder. His adaptability and capacity to adjust to different systems are useful.
Signing Kessie would be a statement of intent from West Ham. It would signal that they are moving in the right direction in terms of player recruitment.