Fingers crossed for another Paolo!
West Ham have signed Livorno striker Alessandro Diamanti for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract.
Diamanti, 26, scored 18 goals in 37 league and cup matches last season as Livorno were promoted to Serie A.
Diamanti said he was looking forward to linking up with Hammers boss and fellow Italian Gianfranco Zola.
“I am very happy to be at West Ham. This is a big club and I want to give everything for the supporters,” he told West Ham’s official website. (BBC Sport)
Gianfranco Zola recently announced that the club’s recent Italian signing is a cross between himself and Paolo Di Canio and if he is even half right then the east London side has reason enough to be cheerful. West Ham do not have an abundance of depth in the striker position with Carlton Cole being the man charged with the task of leading the line with Dean Ashton waiting patiently to recover from long term injury and youngsters Frank Nouble and Zavon Hines coming along nicely and with the spectre of Savio hanging expensively overhead, the club needed another option in attack and Diamanti could well be the right choice.
After success at Livorno, who he helped secure promotion to Serie A last term, the 26 year old opted against staying at the club for the forthcoming season in the top tier of Italian football, deciding instead to move to the Premier League and clearly being managed by Italian legend Zola must have played a big part in his decision making process.
Clearly the lack of top tier experience is a little bit of a risk but no doubt the Hammers have done their research and will be hoping the move will be a successful one.