The Hammers have been dealt a massive blow as Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini has reportedly made it clear that his preferred destination for a January move would be to sign for La Liga side Valencia, claim reports in Italy. Everton were also monitoring the Italian, who is said to be hoping to team up with former national team manager Cesare Prandelli in Spain.
Gabbiadini scored nine goals in Serie A last season and West Ham will now have to turn their attentions elsewhere, though many fans may be pleased to avoid another signing from Italy given the success, or lack of, of Simone Zaza.
The Irons are also considering an approach for Rennes winger Kamil Grosicki, who nearly joined Burnley in the summer, if the Sun are to be believed. The Poland international is desperate for a move to the Premier League and his final destination may now be the London Stadium if terms can be agreed.
The 28-year-old has three goals and one assist in ten Ligue Une appearances this season in addition to 48 caps and nine international goals, showing that he has the quality to bring some flair to the West Ham ranks.
Former manager Harry Redknapp has offered his support to manager Slaven Bilic as the Croatian comes under increasing pressure as results fail to improve, with the ex-QPR boss telling TalkSport:
“I can’t see Slaven being under any pressure. He had a great year last year. They have started the season with a few injuries and they played well at the weekend at Tottenham. It was a real good performance – 2-1 up with four, five minutes to play – so it as not as if the team are not playing for him.”
Bilic will need a good result at Old Trafford this weekend if he is to ease the pressure on his shoulders.
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