West Ham United target Nikola Kalinic reportedly sent home from World Cup; could speed up transfer?

Nikola Kalinic of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 10, 2017 in Milan, Italy.

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is said to be keen to snap up Nikola Kalinic.

Nikola Kalinic of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 10, 2017 in Milan, Italy.

According to 24 Sata, West Ham United target Nikola Kalinic is to be sent home from the World Cup by Croatia.

Kalinic reportedly refused to come off the substitutes’ bench during Croatia’s opening match victory over Nigeria.

The AC Milan striker is now set to be told to pack his bags, and that could play into West Ham’s hands.

Nikola Kalinic of AC Milan celebrates his goal during the serie A match between AC Milan and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 20, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

El Desmarque have reported how the Hammers are keen to snap up Kalinic this summer, and a transfer could be on the cards sooner than first expected now.

West Ham would have struggled to complete a deal for Kalinic while the striker was representing his country in Russia.

Nikola Kalinic of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy.

However, if he is sent home, then he will be free to negotiate with clubs.

Whether West Ham will be put off by Kalinic’s refusal to play off the bench remains to be seen.

But Manuel Pellegrini is known to be looking to increase West Ham’s attacking threat next term, with a striker high up on his list of priorities.

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