Report: Italian chief rules out sale of West Ham-linked forward Mauro Icardi

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring a goal against Frosinone.

West Ham United have been linked with Mauro Icardi.

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring a goal against Frosinone.

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio says forward Mauro Icardo will be staying at the club this summer amid reports of interest from the Premier LeagueGianluca Di Marzio reports.

The talented Argentine forward has been linked with an exit from Inter this summer and recent reports in the Italian newspaper the Corriere Dello Sport claimed West Ham had made an approach for the player.

The Hammers are intent on bolstering their striker ranks this summer with the addition of a big-name forward as they look to make an immediate impression in their new Olympic Stadium home.

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The East London club enjoyed a superb campaign under Slaven Bilic last term and now they have their sights on challenging for a a place in the Champions League via a top four spot next season.

However, Inter’s sporting director Ausilio says his side’s prized asset will not be moving on this summer as he tells reporters how the club look to strengthen under new ownership.

“At the beginning Mancini was surprised by the change of ownership, but now he is very motivated and will 100% remain. Icardi we'll also keep him 100%,” Ausilio told GianlucaDiMarzio.

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West Ham’s search for a new striker has seen them linked with Liverpool’s Christian Benteke (The Mirror), Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy (The Sun) plus AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca (Sky Sports).

Icardi and Vardy are arguably the most difficult of the four names mentioned, while Benteke’s future with the Reds is in doubt while Milan have no European Football to persuade Bacca to stay on.

The Hammers have made a new striker their top priority this summer, and it seems they will go to great lengths in order to bring the right man in to help push the club on.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

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