Gianfranco Zola Anxious To Bring Inter's Mancini to West Ham United - Report

The Hammers boss wants to bring the Brazilian to the Boleyn Ground, as another striker looks set to depart from east London...
West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola is reportedly keen to add Inter's Brazilian striker Mancini to the ranks of his squad, as it begins to look increasingly likely that the club's current target man, Dean Ashton, will depart before the forthcoming campaign kicks off next month.

Ashton, injured in Zola's first training session as Hammers manager, is not with the club on their pre-season tour of Austria, despite the fact that other players who are recovering from long-term injury, such as Scott Parker and Valon Behrami, are present.

The 25-year-old has been linked with Stoke City, and The Daily Mail reports that the Irons' technical directo, Gianluca Nani, is in Milan trying to broker a deal to bring Mancini (full name Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino) in as soon as possible.

West Ham are understood to have agreed a long-term loan deal with the Italian club for the 28-year-old Brazilian, but it is now down to the ex-Roma player himself, apparently, to decide whether or not a move to the Premier League appeals.

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