Filed: Monday, 5th March 2012
By: Staff Writer
Former Palermo coach Stefano Colantuono has confirmed that West Ham were close to signing Uruguayan goalscoring sensation Edinson Cavani.
49-year-old Colantuono, who took current club Atalanta back to the Italian top flight by winning Serie B last season revealed that the 25-year-old - who has scored 57 goals in 81 appearances for his current club and is a transfer target for both Chelsea and Manchester City - almost joined the Hammers three years ago.
Speaking to La Domenica Sportiva, Colantuono, who moved from Palermo to the Nerazzurri via Torino said: "When I was at Palermo, the Matador wanted a move to West Ham as he wanted to try out an adventure in the Premier League."
KUMB.com revealed back in June 2008 that Gianluca Nani, then West Ham's Technical Director was on the verge of signing Cavani, who is now valued around the £35million mark, on loan.
However for reasons unknown a subsequent transfer deadline day move failed to materialise - as was the case when West Ham (managed at the time by Gianfranco Zola) and Nani were linked with Cavani in the next transfer window, in January 2009.
The 37-times capped Cavani - who signed for Napoli in a £14million deal back in 2010 - has since gone on to become one of world football's most sought-after players.
Nani was sacked by West Ham less than a month after Davids Sullivan and Gold purchased a half-share of the club in January 2010.
El Matador in action: career stats
2006/07: Pld 7, Gls 2
2007/08: Pld 37, Gls 5
2008/09: Pld 36, Gls 15
2009/10: Pld 37, Gls 15
2010/11: Pld 47, Gls 33
2011/12 Pld 32, Gls 24
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