West Ham have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Liverpool flop Fabio Borini after Lazio cooled their interest in the player, according to a report in the print edition of Il Messaggero.
The 24-year old looks likely to leave Anfield this summer after making just 38 appearances since his arrival back in 2012.
Reports had emerged in recent days, by the likes of Fox Sports, which claimed that Lazio were the front-runners for his signature with Liverpool considering a player-plus-cash deal for youngster Keita Balde Diao.
According to a report in the print edition of Il Messaggero, as reported by Tuttomercatoweb.com, a deal was agreed between the clubs but personal terms were the stumbling block when Borini’s party met with Lazio officials.
It is now believed Lazio have turned their attention to Bursaspor striker Cedric Bakambu, leaving the path clear for a West Ham approach.
The Hammers have added well this summer with Pedro Obiang and Dmitri Payet leading the charge as manager Slaven Bilic looks to put his stamp on the squad, and talkSPORT reported on their interest in Borini last week.
Borini’s signing would offer something slightly different to the club’s current crop of powerful strikers and provide a bit more guile inside the 18-yard box.
Whether Borini can rediscover his Sunderland form of two seasons ago is another question however, and any potential move for the Italian will come with its fair share of risk.