Report: West Ham could be surprise destination for Nikola Maksimovic, contact made with agent

Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic

Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic is reportedly attracting interest from West Ham United.

Torino defender Nikola MaksimovicTorino defender Nikola Maksimovic

According to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, West Ham United have made contact with the agent of Torino defender Nikola Maksimovic.

The Hammers opened their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 away defeat to Chelsea, and manager Slaven Bilic may still want some new additions despite a busy summer in East London.

Torino star Nikola Maksimovic makes a sliding tackleTorino star Nikola Maksimovic makes a sliding tackle

The likes of Arthur Masuaku, Havard Nordtveit, Sofiane Feghouli, Andre Ayew, Gokhan Tore, Jonathan Calleri and Ashley Fletcher have arrived at the London Stadium this summer, but one area Bilic hasn't tackled is in the heart of defence.

James Tomkins has been sold to Crystal Palace, and whilst Reece Oxford could step up and challenge James Collins, Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna, the Hammers are now being linked with the signature of another centre back.

Torino's Nikola Maksimovic in action with Iker MuniainTorino's Nikola Maksimovic in action with Iker Muniain

Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reports that West Ham have made contact with the agent of Torino centre back Nikola Maksimovic, in what would be a huge surprise of a move.

Maksimovic, 24, has established himself as one of the top central defenders in Italian football since making a 2013 move from Red Star Belgrade to Torino, but now looks set for a move away this summer.

The Serbian international has seen the likes of Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile, Matteo Darmian, Kamil Glik and Bruno Peres all leave the Turin club in the last two years, and he is now pushing for his own exit.

Torino defender Nikola MaksimovicTorino defender Nikola Maksimovic

Di Marzio reports that, whilst Chelsea and Napoli are interested in signing Maksimovic – who can play at centre back, right back or even wing back – there could be a 'surprise solution' on the cards in West Ham.

It's claimed that West Ham have made contact with Maksimovic's agent, and with Chelsea not yet committing to a deal and Torino preferring not to sell to Napoli, West Ham may have a very real chance of signing the giant defender.

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