Lazio could go all out for West Ham target

West Ham Upton Park

West Ham have been strongly linked with Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella but Lazio are reportedly lining up a bid for the Italian international.

Out-of-favour Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella is expected to leave Turin sooner rather than later and there are reports that Lazio are ahead of West Ham in the queue for his signature.

Juventus director Beppe Marotta was in London earlier in the month to gauge interest for second-string marksmen Mirko Vucinic and Quagliarella.

The Italian press reported that West Ham had expressed a strong interest in Quagliarella, who has been kept out of the Juventus first team by the strike partnership of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

However, it was reported that the Hammers were keen to secure a loan deal to bring Quagliarella to Upton Park for the rest of the current campaign rather than on a permanent basis.

Juventus are said to be looking for a sale rather than a loan and that seems to suit Lazio, who were close to signing the Campanian star last summer.

Il Messaggero reports that Lazio are set to swoop for Quagliarella and that club President Claudio Lotito is readying the same sum of money that was rejected before - an offer of just under £5m to Juventus and a contract of £1.2m per season for four years.

The security of a four year deal would probably be welcomed by Quagliarella, as would the faith in his abilities after being peripheral at Juventus under Antonio Conte.

Quagliarella, who turns 31 on January 31, is a proven goal scorer and made his name in Serie A with Udinese when he formed a dangerous partnership with Antonio Di Natale.

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