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West Ham United are preparing a new bid for Arkadiusz Milik after Napoli rejected their initial offer of £6 million this week, according to Polish publication Onet.

You’d think, given that Milik is due to become a free agent in just a few months’ time, Napoli would bite your hand off for £6 million.

But owner Aurelio de Laurentiis is about as hard-nosed as they come.

And, despite facing up to the very real prospect of losing one of their most valuable players for absolutely nothing, Napoli are refusing to budge.

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The Serie A giants want £14 million – and not a penny less (Goal).

Whether West Ham are willing to pay such a fee remains to be seen.

The Hammers saw a £6 million offer batted away a few days ago and, while a second bid is on the cards, it seems unlikely that they’ll be willing to meet Napoli’s rather ambitious demands.

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West Ham are not in a relegation battle after all.

They can afford to wait until the end of the season before stepping up their chase of a Sebastien Haller replacement, especially given that manager David Moyes is willing to give 18-year-old Mipo Odubeko a chance between now and June (90Min).

It is uncertain, however, just how keen West Ham really are on Milik.

AreaNapoli report that Moyes would prefer a speedy, channel-runner like Salzburg starlet Patson Daka with the 6ft 1ins Milik more Haller than Michail Antonio.

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli admitted in December that Milik is desperate to leave the Stadio San Paolo, where he has not played all season, to secure his place in Poland’s plans for Euro 2021.

“Milik wants to go and play so he can be ready for the Euros,” Giuntoli said, via Football Italia.

“That is what he wants.”

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