'Immense': Hakan Calhanoglu shows why West Ham and Leicester reportedly want him

Leicester City's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (R) gestures as West Ham United's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during the English Premier League football match...

Premier League duo West Ham United and Leicester City are reportedly plotting to bring Hakan Calhanoglu to England from Serie A giants AC Milan.

Hakan Calhanoglu of AC Milan celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AC Milan at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 11, 2019 in Florence, Italy.

If Hakan Calhanoglu wants to extend his AC Milan career into a third season, he will need to produce more displays like this in the final few weeks of the Serie A season.

The Turkish international kept Milan’s Champions League dream alive by scoring the only goal of the game away at Fiorentina on Saturday, timing his run into the penalty area like Frank Lampard in his heyday before glancing a wicked header into the far corner.

Hakan Calhanoglu and Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan celebrates the victory after the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AC Milan at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 11, 2019 in...

That was only his second goal of the league campaign – a dreadful tally for a player who arrived at Milan in 2017 with a reputation as one of Europe’s most promising attacking midfielders.

Calciomercato reported last week that West Ham United and Leicester City were hoping to take advantage of Calhanoglu’s struggles in Italy by offering him a fresh start in the Premier League.

But, on Saturday’s evidence, the much-maligned 25-year-old, who was named Milan’s Man of the Match at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, still has plenty to offer under Gennaro Gattuso.

According to Calciomercato, West Ham have already contacted Calhanoglu’s replacement though The Hammers, or Leicester for that matter, will have to pay around £26 million to sign the former Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg talisman (Fanatik).

Hakan Calhanoglu of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 13, 2019 in Milan, Italy.

 

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