West Ham United are set to seal the £5.7million capture of highly-rated Livorno hitman Alessandro Diamanti.
Diamanti, 26, scored 16
goals last season to help Livorno gain promotion back to Serie A and has been a target for the Hammers for some time.
as a 'cross between Paolo Di Canio and Zola himself,' Diamanti has also attracted interest from some top Italian clubs, with Inter Milan coach
Jose Mourinho reportedly keen to bring the eccentric striker to the San
But having stated that a switch to Upton Park would be a "dream move" it would appear that Gianfranco Zola has won the race for his compatriot.
Livorno president Aldo Spinelli claims an agreement has been reached with West Ham, with the transfer fee set to be paid over three years, and he expects a deal to be completed imminently. "It's practically done for Diamanti to West Ham," he said.
"It was right to give the player the possibility to test himself in a different environment.
"After several years at Livorno, he deserves the chance to take a step forward in his career.
"Just a few details need to be finalised before the move becomes