Arsenal and Chelsea look set to miss out, after stunning reports suggested that West Ham were closing in on completing the signing of Roma forward Mattia Destro.
Arsenal News and Gossip
Arsenal closing in on £17.9m deal for Napoli star, who wants to leave Serie A side
Five TOP strikers we want to see in the Premier League next season, including Arsenal and Manchester United targets
According to the Daily Star, the 24-year-old’s agent is in London to discuss a move with the Hammers. While the initial deal will see the forward move to the Boleyn Ground on loan, the Star suggest that a permanent deal could be completed next summer.
The Star suggest that the Italy international has been told that he has no future with Roma, having spent the second half of last season with their Serie A rivals AC Milan.
He proved to the club that they were wrong to let him join the Rossoneri, as he scored what would turn out to be the winner when the two clubs met in May.
Although he was hardly prolific during his spell at San Siro, he has proved his pedigree with his current club in the past. He boasts an impressive strike rate, having managed 25 goals in 57 top flight appearances for the Giallorossi. If he can recreate that form for Slaven Bilic’s men, he could find himself classed alongside the last great Italian to play for the club, Paolo Di Canio.
Get upto £200 in free matched bets with bet365 - Click here to find out more