Allegri, Giaccherini and Matri for West Ham?

There are reports in Italy that ex-AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri will take the reins at West Ham next season and bring in two Italian stars.

It remains unclear whether Sam Allardyce will remain at West Ham next season and there are reports in Italy that Massimiliano Allegri has already been approached to take over at Upton Park.

Allegri made his name at Cagliari where he led the Sardinian minnows to mid-table comfort and the brink of the Europa League.

In 2010 the Tuscan tactician was appointed AC Milan boss and he delivered the Scudetto in the 2010-11 season, ending a barren spell for the Rossoneri.

But things went awry this season and Allegri was sacked after a miserable first half of the campaign which saw the Diavolo rooted in mid-table and losing sight of European football.

In recent weeks, Allegri has been linked with the Tottenham bench, partly due to Spurs' Italian connection through sporting director Franco Baldini.

But Italian magazine Panorama believes that Allegri was instead be appointed West Ham manager and has already been offered a two-year contract.

It is also suggested that Allegri will be given the funds to bring in some reinforcements from Italy to strengthen the squad.

Emanuele Giaccherini, who is currently at Sunderland and ex-Cagliari and Milan striker Alessandro Matri are said to be on the shopping list.

Much will depend on Allardyce, but West Ham have strong links in Italy and brought in Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello in the January transfer window.

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