Report: AC Milan open talks to beat West Ham to Ozan Kabak

Ozan Kabak of Stuttgart in action during the Bundesliga playoff first leg match between VfB Stuttgart and 1. FC Union Berlin at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 23, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

West Ham United may miss out on defender Ozan Kabak.

Ozan Kabak of Stuttgart in action during the Bundesliga playoff first leg match between VfB Stuttgart and 1. FC Union Berlin at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 23, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

According to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, AC Milan have opened talks with the agents of Stuttgart defender Ozan Kabak amid interest from West Ham United.

Kabak, 19, only joined Stuttgart from Galatasaray in January, but impressed enough in his brief spell in Germany to earn the Bundesliga Rookie of the Year award.

 

The Turkish centre back suffered relegation though, and that means that he can now be signed for just €15million (£13million) thanks to clause in his contract.

That's unsurprisingly attracting interest, and Milan are allegedly talking to his representatives about a potential move to the San Siro this summer.

That won't be what West Ham were looking to hear, as The Guardian claim that they want to activate that clause in his contract too.

Ozan Kabak of VfB Stuttgart is seen after he has received medical treatment during the Bundesliga playoff second leg match between 1. FC Union Berlin and VfB Stuttgart at Stadion an der...

Kabak will want to sign for a club where he can play first-team football judging by his move to Stuttgart, and West Ham may be the best option for that desire.

However, with a European giant like Milan – who may have fallen away in recent years but are still a huge club – interested, West Ham now face a tough battle trying to bring the teenager to East London.

Ozan Kabak of VfB Stuttgart looks on during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 11, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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