West Ham set to win the race for in-demand attacker.
West Ham have reportedly agreed terms with Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella, though the Daily Star also reports that a fee is yet to be agreed between the two clubs.
The Italian has been much in demand this summer, with Juventus manager Antonio Conte bringing in a fresh new strike force in Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente, pushing the 29-year-old down in the club’s pecking order.
This has alerted interest from a number of Premier League clubs, with Sunderland, Southampton and Norwich all being linked with a move for Quagliarella as well, though the Hammers now look in pole position to make him their latest signing of a busy summer.
The skillful forward, who scored 9 goals for champions Juve last year, could form a fine partnership upfront with fellow summer signing Andy Carroll, who joined for a club record fee of £15million from Liverpool.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has said that this is one of the strongest squads he has had in his whole career, and has not ruled out spending more before the end of the summer transfer window.
It could be, however, that the former Bolton boss will look to make Quagliarella’s signing a loan move initially, with a view to a permanent deal going through next year.