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West Ham face competition for City star as Milan join hunt

West Ham face competition to sign a Manchester City player after Italian outfit AC Milan reportedly joined the race to sign him.

The Hammers are looking to bolster their top-four credentials by signing a few talented players this month. They were in the hunt for Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick, with the aim of providing competition for Michail Antonio.

But 25-year-old Schick will not be moving to the London Stadium in January. When asked about the transfer links, he said (via Bundesliga News): “Of course it’s nice to read when you’re linked with the big clubs.

“But I’m really, really happy in Leverkusen and I want to go to the Champions League with Bayer 04. I love living in Germany.

“I’m not thinking about other clubs at all. Everyone knows my contract situation. And I would never cause problems for a club and push through a transfer.”

The comments mean West Ham could turn their attention to Flamengo goalscorer Gabriel Barbosa. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims a significant offer will be required to land him on a permanent basis.

David Moyes’ side are not just looking for centre-forward additions. They need a new central defender following injuries to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma.

West Ham are admirers of City and Netherlands star Nathan Ake. The 26-year-old cost City £40m in August 2020 but, as expected, is fourth choice at the Etihad.

According to The Sun, West Ham will face competition from Milan for Ake’s signature.

Stefano Pioli’s side are in a similar situation to the Irons – they need a new centre-half following Simon Kjaer’s knee ligament injury.

Milan appear set to enquire about Ake’s availability before the transfer window closes. However, City will stand firm, according to the report, as they do not want to risk a defensive shortage.

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