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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