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

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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