Ex-West Ham striker target 'disrespected' by Juventus

Fabio Quagliarella has taken exception to Juventus’ decision to exclude him from European competition.

Minutes in attack for the Old Lady have been at a premium with the arrivals of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez last summer, who have monopolised the two spots up front.

Alessandro Matri was jettisoned before the season even began, Sebastian Giovinco has been repeatedly tipped for a departure and Mirko Vucinic’s story is well known at this point.

Quagliarella has made just three starts in Serie A this term to bag a single goal – linked with a move to Arsenal and West Ham United both last summer and in January.

A Premier League switch would never materialise for the 30-year-old as Arsenal are yet to pick up a new striker and West Ham brought in countryman Marco Borriello on loan last month to shore up their front line.

And the Italian received a blow on Monday when Juventus announced their squad to take on Trabzonspor in the Europa League later in February.

Loan capture from Southampton Pablo Osvaldo was included – as were Giovinco and Vucinic – leaving Quagliarella feeling slighted, according to his agent.

“How did Fabio take it?” representative Beppe Bozzo responded to being quizzed by Tuttosport on the subject. “Not very well.

“He’s quietly angry because he deserves more respect after everything he’s done for Juventus.

“He’s always been silent and will do so again without controversy. That’s the sort of man he is.”

Bozzo’s words effectively defy his contention that Quagliarella will take the news tacitly, however, and it seems an exit from Turin could soon come to fruition.

The Italian’s contract expires in 2015 and there’s really no reason to believe his situation will improve at Juventus as he already looks the odd man out.

Arsenal are unlikely to revive interest in the summer – conventional wisdom suggests they could make a play for a big name in attack this summer.

Yet with Borriello only on loan at West Ham until the end of the season, it seems possible West Ham could have another look at Quagliarella, a player of great experience who should be available.

Premier League safety would have to be achieved to convince the striker to join, as if the Hammers are relegated to the Championship, the veteran would undoubtedly being inclined to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

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