Champions League winner back on Allardyce's West Ham radar

The subject of some interest from the Hammers last summer, Massimo Ambrosini has left Fiorentina with one last adventure in his sights.

The recruitment of a 36-year-old former AC Milan favourite may not be the kind of signing West Ham United fans were hoping for, but Sam Allardyce’s penchant for recruiting golden oldies could see the Londoners look to recruit Massimo Ambrosini.

Veteran stars like Jay-Jay Okocha, Ivan Campo and Fernando Hierro were all recruited during Big Sam’s stint in charge of Bolton Wanderers, with each of the three veteran stars proving to be a hit.

And while Ambrosini is in the twilight years of his career, he would be coming to Upton Park of the back of a solid season in Serie A in which he featured 21 times in the league for La Viola, helping Fiorentina to a top-five finish and the final of the Coppa Italia.

West Ham were close to completing a deal for the midfielder - who made his name as a two-time Champions League winner with AC Milan - last summer only for the player to opt for a stay in Italy.

However it would appear that Ambrosini is now open to the idea of a move abroad as part of one final adventure as a professional.

"I want to give my future some careful thought," he said in a statement.

"Unless something totally unexpected happens I think I've probably finished with Italian football."

Available on a free transfer, and boasting bags of experience, there had been some suggestion that the midfielder would sign a new one-year contract extension with Fiorentina.

But after thanking the club for a memorable season, it would appear that Ambrosini is on the move, with West Ham one club that could potentially benefit.

With the Hammers struggling for numbers at times last term, he could prove a welcome addition to the Irons squad, providing cover and experience for what is likely to be another battling season in the English top-flight.

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