West Ham will be left red-faced if Tottenham sign Franck Kessie amid reported interest

Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino Manager of Tottenham Hotspur greet prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester...

West Ham United reportedly offered £31m for AC Milan star Kessie - but he could join their Premier League rivals Spurs instead.

Franck Kessie of AC Milan during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 21, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

West Ham United offered to pay £31 million for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, Tuttomercatoweb reported back in November. And anyone who has watched The Hammers play this season will tell you why the Ivory Coast international was in their sights.

Yes, Declan Rice has been a revelation in the engine room while Mark Noble has rolled back the years of late but long-term injuries to both Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez has left them short in the centre of the park.

 

Pedro Obiang, however, has been a shadow of his former self in recent months – perhaps explaining why Manuel Pellegrini reportedly wanted to sell him in the summer.

So Kessie, who at the age of just 22 has established himself as one of the most complete midfielders in European football, would have walked into Pellegrini’s starting XI on paper. He would provide the energy, steel and thrust that West Ham are crying out for.

Franck Kessie (L) of AC Milan celebrates his goal with his team-mate Hakan Calhanoglu (R) during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Parma Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 2,...

Imagine the frustration among Hammers fans, then, if Kessie moved to Tottenham months after their £31 million bid fell flat.

TMW claims that Spurs have entered talks with the agent of the Milan powerhouse as they look to sign him in the summer, most likely as a replacement for the departed Mousa Dembele. Kessie will reportedly cost £35 million – just £4 million more than West Ham were apparently ready to pay.

Now, Kessie is the sort of all-action midfielder who could take West Ham to the next level - so they shouldn't just stand by as Spurs go full steam ahead.

Franck Kessie of AC Milan  during the Italian Serie A   match between Bologna v AC Milan at the San Siro on December 18, 2018 in Milan Italy

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