West Ham ‘make first bid for £14m-rated Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic as they look to beat Premier League rivals Fulham to deal’
- West Ham have reportedly tabled a first bid for Napoli’s Nikola Maksimovic
- Fulham are also eyeing the centre back’s situation as they consider a swoop
- Napoli are happy to let a centre back leave, and Kalidou Koulibaly may stay
- Italian side are said to want upwards of £14million for the Serbian international
West Ham have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals Fulham by making an opening bid for Napoli’s £14m-rated centre back Nikola Maksimovic, according to reports.
West Ham are desperate to bolster their defence before the end of the transfer window, especially given their opening two results of the campaign, and the 28-year-old is top of their wish-list.
Nikola Maksimovic (left, playing for Serbia) is a transfer target for West Ham this summer
The centre back (right) could leave Napoli and both West Ham and Fulham are interested
The two parties are currently said to be in negotiations, with Napoli keen to secure between £14m and £19m for their player.
It is understood Fulham are also keeping a keen eye on developments as they continue their search for a centre back after a deal with Sassuolo for Marlon collapsed.
Napoli are expected to be willing to sell a centre back in the window, and look likely to keep Kalidou Koulibaly despite huge interest from the likes of Manchester City. If he does stay, then Maksimovic is likely to be the man to depart.
Kalidou Koulibaly staying at Napoli could make way for Maksimovic to move to pastures new
David Moyes is desperate to add some defensive strength after two early league defeats
West Ham’s need for more defensive firepower comes after they were beaten 2-0 by Newcastle and 2-1 by Arsenal in their opening two Premier League matches.
The Hammers did then go on to provide perhaps the shock of the season so far to smash four without reply past Wolves on Sunday night.
David Moyes’ side travel to Everton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, before a Premier League trip to Leicester on Sunday lunchtime.