West Ham eye striker being booed by Fiorentina fans

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West Ham United are being tipped to sign Italian marksman Alessandro Matri even though he has been far from popular in his loan spell at Fiorentina.

West Ham continue to be linked with Italian players with the latest reports suggesting a move for AC Milan marksman Alessandro Matri is on the cards.

The Hammers are planning a comprehensive overhaul of their squad in the summer and one of the priorities is to find a reliable source of goals.

Due to their scouting network in Italy, West Ham brought Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello in on loan in January, but neither lived up to expectations.

Borriello, who arrived from Roma, struggled for fitness and made no impression, but it seems that the East London outfit are ready to try another Serie A player in the form of Matri.

A product of Milan's youth set-up, the 29-year-old rose to fame at Cagliari and joined Juventus in January 2011 where he would enjoy the most fruitful spell of his career to date with 27 goals in 69 games.

Matri made his first appearance for Italy in March 2011 in a friendly against Ukraine and found the net in a 2-0 win, but things have gone downhill somewhat recently.

Returning to Milan last year, Matri found very little space and even fewer goals and after some bench warming was sent out on loan to Fiorentina in January having been linked for a while with Arsenal.

But Florence hasn't taken to Matri who has looked short of confidence and misfired in front of goal when he was called upon to step in for the injured Giuseppe Rossi.

Four goals in 14 games haven't appeased the Viola faithful who have regularly booed and jeered Matri, making his return to Milan rather than a permanent deal inevitable.

But according to Talksport, West Ham are ready to take a chance on Matri and could open talks with the Rossoneri shortly.

Milan would be likely to enter those negotiations willingly and may accept a low fee for a player whose value has decreased rapidly since they signed him for around £9m.

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