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Sport West Ham 'make first bid for £14m-rated Napoli defender Maksimovic'

11:12  29 september  2020
11:12  29 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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West Ham have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals Fulham by making an opening bid for Napoli's £14million-rated centre back Nikola Maksimovic, according to reports.

West Ham are desperate to bolster their defence before the end of the transfer window and the 28-year-old is top of their wish-list.

Sky Sport Italia report that the Hammers have now made an offer for Maksimovic, whose current contract runs out next summer with him failing to agree terms on an extension with the Serie A club.

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West Ham had a £ 13million deal in place for the centre back but have been juggling talks with other targets including Swansea's Alfie Mawson. That has left a window of opportunity for Southampton who have made a counter offer of around £ 11million for the Brazilian who spent last season on loan

a person playing a game of football: Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic (right) is a transfer target for West Ham this summer © Provided by Daily Mail Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic (right) is a transfer target for West Ham this summer

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 and Paris Saint-Germain. If he does stay, then Maksimovic is likely to be the man to depart.

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.

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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.

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