West Ham United simply must beat Wolverhampton Wanderers to Frank Kessie in January.
According to Tuttomercato, via talkSPORT, the Hammers are ready to splash €35 million (£30.8 million) on the midfield dynamo.
The star is currently halfway through a two-year loan at AC Milan from Sampdoria, and has been making quite a name for himself at San Siro.
Milan as a collective have struggled but Kessie has really caught the eye with some dominant performances in central midfield.
Kessie, still only 21, is regarded as one one Serie A’s most effective box-to-box midfielders.
Manuel Pellegrini simply has to beat Nuno Espirito Santo to his signature, because he really would take West Ham to the next level.
Kessie the missing link
At the moment, West Ham don’t have anybody who can pick the ball up in midfield and make driving runs forward.
Declan Rice is a great holding midfielder and his job is to screen the back four.
Jack Wilshere, who is currently recovering from ankle surgery, can carry the ball but doesn’t possess any steel.
Mark Noble is ageing and won’t remain at the top level for too much longer. The same goes for injured summer signing Carlos Sanchez, who was a strange acquisition.
Finally Pedro Obiang is a good player, but Kessie would be an instant upgrade on the Spaniard.
The Ivorian, who has been compared to fellow countryman Yaya Toure in the past, might want to stay at Milan, but if it so transpires that he wants a move to the Premier League, then the Irons simply must stave off competition from Wolves.
At the moment there’s a lack of bite and drive in midfield.
Kessie would undoubtedly bring those traits in abundance.