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Report suggests Napoli will risk losing West Ham target Nikola Maksimovic on a free this summer

West Ham United target Nikola Maksimovic will not be permitted to leave Napoli this month, despite his contract expiring in the summer. 

That is according to a report from Il Mattino this week, as relayed by IamNaples. They suggest that Napoli are willing to risk losing Maksimovic on a free as they believe they are capable of convincing him into signing a new deal before the end of the season. 

West Ham have been linked with a move for the Serbian in recent months. 

As reported by talkSPORT in September, the Hammers made a £14 million bid for the player after failing to secure James Tarkowski from Burnley. 

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The deal never got done and West Ham ended up signing Craig Dawson on loan from Watford instead. 

It was claimed by FCInterNews recently that Maksimovic has £45,000-a-week wage demands which, considering his form this season, is a reasonable amount. 

But any hope of West Ham luring Maksimovic away in January seems dead with this latest update. 

Napoli are ready to play chicken with the 29-year-old defender and hope they do lose him for nothing in the summer. 

If they do, then perhaps West Ham might come calling. 

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