West Ham cult hero could make €7m shock move to China claims Italian journalist

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Former West Ham United man Alessandro Diamanti’s latest adventure could lie in China.

The Italy international has been the subject of reported interest from top clubs in Serie A during his tenure at Bologna – tallying 19 goals and 15 assists in 80 appearances across all competitions for the Felsinei.

Diamanti landed at the Stadio Renato dall’Ara in August 2011 from Brescia – to whom he was sold by the Upton Park outfit one year prior after finishing runner-up in the voting for Hammer of the Year to Scott Parker.

The talismanic play-maker has a penchant for switching clubs – having represented nine sides during his professional career – with his two-and-a-half year stint at Bologna already the longest he has ever spent in one place.

And it could be set to end this January – as Sky Sport Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that the 30-year-old is the subject of a €7million bid from Guangzhou Evergrande.

World Cup-winning former Italy boss Marcello Lippi is currently at the helm for the three-time running Chinese Super League champions, having the financial backing of owners Evergrande Real Estate Group.

Di Marzio has further maintained that the situation remains open – Bologna are yet to make a decision – though the club is thought to be in a precarious financial position and could in turn be inclined to sell.

Lippi’s presence could be a major draw for Diamanti though the move would still come as a surprise considering the midfielder’s need to fully lock down his place in the Italy squad ahead of the World Cup.

Former Borussia Dortmund hit-man Lucas Barrios previously showed for Guangzhou before an acrimonious departure this past August – the club’s record purchase at €8.5million.

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