Atalanta ended up demanding £43 million for Ruslan Malinovskyi amid interest from Premier League trio West Ham United, Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window, as reported by Calciomercato. Did Atalanta want to sell Malinovskyi, or didn’t they? At one point over the summer, the Ukraine international looked destined for North London. He reportedly informed Atalanta of his desire to join Antonio Conte’s Spurs side; the 29-year-old’s wife doing little to dampen the speculation with some rather intriguing social media activity.
Nottingham Forest, having already signed Malinovskyi’s La Dea team-mate Remo Freuler, made a £12 million offer their own. West Ham also tested the water before September’s deadline (TuttoAtalanta). And when Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini spoke publicly about his desire to move on from the long-serving, left-footed playmaker, you’d have got long odds on Malinovskyi starting Sunday’s 1-1 Serie A draw with Cremonense. Continue reading WEST HAM CALLED OFF DEAL DUE TO £43M PRICE, NOTTINGHAM FOREST BID £12M