West Ham and Norwich failed summer target heavily praised by former Chelsea player-boss

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Fabio Quagliarella would have been the perfect option, especially for West Ham United right now.

Both The Hammers and The Canaries were looking to strengthen their attacking options this summer, and were ambitious in doing so.

For Norwich it ended up being a successful window, bringing in Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper and West Ham’s was good as well - Andy Carroll a generally popular buy.

But they didn’t pick up another striker, leaving Sam Allardyce short of attacking options, and forced to sign Mladen Petric and Carlton Cole from free agency when Carroll suffered a serious injury.

But one player who was linked with both clubs was Italian international Fabio Quagliarella. He was expected to leave after Juve snapped up Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the summer window, and the Premier League seemed a possible destination for the talented frontman.

In the end however Juve sold Alessandro Matri back to former team AC Milan and Quagliarella was going nowhere.

For West Ham in particular it was a bitter blow, as Quagliarella would have made the perfect addition to the club, and they probably would not be struggling for goals like they are at the moment.

Last night however acted as a reminder of his talents, as he was arguably the star performer in the Bianconeri’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray outfit.

He came off the bench after an injury to Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic, good news for England, and scored what proved to be a crucial goal - and received rave reviews from Gianluca Vialli.

The Italian, who played for Chelsea and managed them in his four years in London, is a Juventus hero and he made his passion for Quagliarella quite vocal:

‘’I really liked Quagliarella, I liked him a lot. He always scores decisive goals and he’s always ready when called upon.” 

If only things would have panned out differently this summer than West Ham fans might have been able to call him one of their own.

Instead they struggle on with Modibo Maiga, Mladen Petric and Kevin Nolan patching up the gaps of Carroll’s heel injury - just one place outside the relegation zone and with the joint least amount of goals scored in the league.

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