Report: West Ham pursuing Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini, deal looks unlikely

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West Ham are reportedly exploring the possibility of signing Napoli's Manolo Gabbiadini.

According to SportItalia's Alfredo Pedulla, West Ham are pursuing a deal for Napoli's Manolo Gabbiadini - but the Serie A side want to keep him at the club.

Gabbiadini, 24, joined Napoli from Serie A rivals Sampdoria in January 2015, having hit nine goals in 15 games during the first half of last season.

With 11 goals in 30 games at Napoli, it was clear that the Italian had something to offer, but his season under new manager Maurizio Sarri hasn't gone to plan.

Gabbiadini has started just one Serie A, and started only four games in all competition. With another nine substitute appearances to his name, Gabbiadini has struggled for playing time, but his five goals represent a fairly decent return this term.

Now, with the January transfer window open, speculation surrounds Gabbiadini's future in Naples. SportItalia's Alfredo Pedulla claims that West Ham United are hoping to lure the Italian international forward away from the Stadio San Paolo, but have been met with a stern answer from Napoli.

Sarri's men reportedly have no intention of letting Gabbiadini leave the club, and are committed to him being a long-term part of the plans, despite his quiet season so far.

With Euro 2016 on the horizon, Gabbiadini will be hoping for more first-team football, and that's what West Ham may have been offering, considering the injury to Diafra Sakho and regular fitness problems for Andy Carroll.

However, if West Ham do want to bring in a new forward in January, manager Slaven Bilic may have to look elsewhere, with Napoli seemingly intent on keeping Gabbiadini at the club for a little while yet.

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