Lazio agree personal terms with reported West Ham and Spurs target

Lazio Fans

Premier League football doesn’t look to be in Fabio Quagliarella’s future as he edges closer to Lazio.

The Juventus striker’s name has done the rounds of late in terms of English links – from West Ham United to Norwich City, Swansea City to Tottenham and outhampton.

Arsenal were also thrown into the ring along the way – the Evening Standard reporting that the North London club enquired after the Italian’s availability back in August.

The 30-year-old has found minutes increasingly hard to come by this term with Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the fold – not to mention rumoured Premier League targets Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco.

Quagliarella has in turn been handed just three Serie A starts by Antonio Conte as he’s become surplus to requirements and thus piqued the interest of suitors.

But whilst the veteran has widely been tipped for a switch to England, it now seems that his future instead lies in the country of his birth.

Il Tempo have claimed that Quagliarella has agreed a three-year, €1.5m per season deal with Lazio – following up on reports earlier this week claiming the Aquile were primed for a move.

However, the two clubs in question are reportedly at odds on the nature of the transfer – Lazio desiring a loan with the option to buy and Juventus requiring €7m in a straight sale.

If such a contention is to be believed, it may explain West Ham’s failure to secure the Italian’s services after strong links, as such a sum would price the Hammers out of an offer.

Lazio are thought to be considering flogging off star playmaker Hernanes – with Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Inter all interested – a sale that could raise the necessary funds to capture Quagliarella.

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