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Livorno confirm West Ham talks over Diamanti
Livorno have confirmed talks with West Ham United over the sale of Alessandro Diamanti.
“Diamanti would like to play in the Premier League and we are in negotiations with West Ham, but the offer is not satisfactory,” Livorno president Aldo Spinelli told Sky Italia television.
“We also received a proposal from Parma for co-ownership worth £3m, but we value him at around £8m.
“It is not out of the question that Diamanti could remain with us, though.”
He looks like a handy player. Pacey, very tricky and a good shot on him. I would like to see this one materialize.
Let's hope he's given a chance to shine. He looks a real gem. etc etc etc
I wish we would stop going for these "advanced midfielders" . We need out and out strikers who score lots of goals not more goal-shy "creative" midfielders. We've just loaned Jiminez and already have dyer and savio and none of them look like they are going to put the ball in the net regularly. Maybe its just a smokescreen to get chamakh in or hopefully someone else?
This is a risk given he's not a proven goalscorer and hasn't played at the highest level in Italy. Serie B standards are below those in our Championship. We already have Jimenez and Dyer that can play as a second striker/attacking midfielder, we need a pacey Defoe type player to compliment Cole. Maybe a loan with an option would be the best option for Diamanti.
Im sorry but not what we are looking for at the moment, got to be a wind up by Livorno trying to up his price to whoever they are actually selling him to by saying we are interested.
Has a good range of long passing but offers very little up front and we need a goalscorer and preferably one signed this morning to get him registered in time for the 2 scummers games coming up
my knowledge of italian football isnt that great, im sure i'll have a better understanding of it by the time zola and nani and come and gone though,.....who is he? is he any good? who is he similar to? Jiminez?
Got to be a bit worrying when his showreel has as many incidents where he goes down like Bilic or starts a ruck with another player as it does goals. Good set piece delivery though and lots of flair. looks a bit lightweight for the prem though.So who are we signing as backup to cover this guy when he gets red carded for diving too often?
Don't get me wrong I'd love him to come here and prove me wrong but I think he'd take a good while to adjust having extensively studied him for 7 minutes 47 seconds.
Diamanti is a trequartista - a forward - same position as Jiminez. I don't know where Zola thinks Savio would play - if he is given the chance, but you need good vision, if you are going to play as a trequartista, and that would rule out our young gem. If Diamanti is Jiminez's rival, then we still haven't solved our main objective - securing a player who can compete with Cole.
The Inter interest has long gone. Not heard anything for ages. They are trying to get Sneijder and Cassano, so they won't be getting Diamanti IMO.
He formed a great partnership with Francesco Tavano...so there's no reason he couldn't form one with Carlton Cole. I wouldn't say Diamanti is the same as Jimenez either.
And your gut reaction to this is..... a possible, Ash?
2001–2007 Prato 58 (21)
2001–2002 → Fucecchio (loan) 24 (3)
2003 → Florentia Viola (loan) 3 (0)
2004–2005 → AlbinoLeffe (co-ownership) 26 (0)
2007– Livorno 46 (11)
Well, hes hardly going to set the premier league on fire, DDM anyone?
as I said yesterday, he is WAY better than DDM. don't mind too much the stats of the early years of his career. he's been a bit of a dickhead since 23-24, lazy, cocky, arrogant. then he had his big opportunity at livorno and he became a very good player.
oh, and the stats on the english wikipedia are wrong, check the italian one.
Bet Carlton Cole's stats don't look any better than that!!
Most Italian players seem possible Fran...with Nani there. I guess it depends on the fee. We aren't going to pay that much. If we can sort something then yes, it'd be possible. My worry is, even though he could form a good partnership with Carlton Cole. I still think we would be lacking a goalscorer. Diamanti scored a good amount last season...but Chamakh would be a good option.
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