Filed: Thursday, 20th August 2009
By: Staff Writer
West Ham are being linked with a move for Livorno's Alessandro Diamanti.
The 26-year-old, who can play in either an advanced midfield position or as an out-and-out striker is said to have been the subject of a loan bid by the Hammers within the last 48 hours.
News of United's interest was confirmed today by Livorno president Aldo Spinelli who said:
"We have requests from England - mainly from West Ham - even if we do not consider them satisfactory. However the player wants to go to London; for him, the gains would be substantial.
"His value is around €10million, but the figure West Ham have offered is not a problem. If they seriously want Diamanti, they could be accommodated."
Diamanti - who was closely linked with Inter Milan earlier in the summer and hit 12 goals for the Tuscans in Serie B last term - is also said to be interesting fellow Italian outfit Parma, who are said to have offered €4.5 million for a 50% share in the player.
Talking about the proposed move to Milan in June, he said:
“It’s pleasing when your worth is recognised. Just thinking about playing for Inter is a dream, but in my career I have been left disappointed one too many times and I will picture myself at a big club only after signing a contract.
"I am not just a trequartista; I can play as a second striker, as a third striker… It’s enough for me to play, because I love football.”
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10:55AM 28th Aug 2009
''He likes a dive and a roll about...''
08:34AM 23rd Aug 2009
''Have you seen this guy play any more than the 7 minute clip? Marco Boogers looked good after watching a few video too!!
Remember he was playing in Serie B last season, same division Savio was playing for Brescia in - big adjustment from Serie B to Premier League...''
11:59PM 20th Aug 2009
''He looks brilliant and I bet Zola and Clarke will make him even better too. Bring it on! ''
08:06PM 20th Aug 2009
''He looks a good player. I hope we can get him.''
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