Brescia sign Alessandro Diamanti from West Ham United for £1.8m

Italian striker fell down pecking order at Upton Park..
West Ham United striker Alessandro Diamanti has moved to Italian club Bresica for £1.8 million.

The 27-year-old was brought to the club by former manager Gianfranco Zola last summer and scored eight goals in 29 appearances.

However, the former Livorno player has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of new manager Avram Grant, who moved to the club at the beginning of the summer.

Grant has preferred Carlton Cole, Frederic Piquionne and Luis Boa Morte thus far this season, and the Italian hit man is believed to have welcomed the chance to return to his homeland.

His final game for the Hammers came in the opening day defeat to Aston Villa where he made a brief appearance from the substitutes bench.

Diamanti was named runner-up for the club's Player of the Year award last season, and was a major player in helping the club narrowly avoid relegation.

A statement on the club's official website read: "All at West Ham United would like to wish Alessandro well for the future and thank him for his efforts in his year at the club."

If Brescia stay up this season, then West Ham will receive another payment of €300,000 (£250,000).

Brescia returned to Serie A last season having spent four seasons in Italy's second tier.

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