Ex-West Ham Italian Star Diamanti Set for Premier League Return With Swansea City

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

​Ex-West Ham and Watford star Alessandro Diamanti could be bound for a return to the Premier League, after the Swansea approached Palermo about the 34-year-old.

Diamanti, who played for West Ham in the 2009/10 season and Watford on loan for six months in 2015, is unwilling to drop into Serie B following his current club's relegation to Italy's second tier.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Swansea are keen to do a deal with the forward and free kick specialist, and have already started negotiations with the Rosanero.

UDINE, ITALY - MARCH 19: Emil Hallfredsson (L) of Udinese Calcio competes with Alessandro Diamanti of US Citta di Palermo during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Friuli on March 19, 2017 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
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It is thought Sampdoria are also monitoring the situation, yet Swansea are the clear frontrunners at this stage.

The 34-year old is one year into a two-year contract at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, and despite only netting one goal in 31 appearances last season for Palermo, Diamanti boasts 17 international caps for Italy (the last of which came in 2013), and a wealth of experience having played for 14 clubs throughout his career.

Some of these clubs include Prato, Livorno, Brescia, Bologna, Fiorentina, Atalanta and a short-lived stay in the Chinese Super League at Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Italian is probably best known to English fans for being the man who scored the final successful penalty kick as Italy knocked England out of Euro 2012 at the quarter-finals stage in a shoot-out.

If Diamanti were to move to Swansea, he might act as a replacement for Gylfi Sigurdsson, with the Icelandic attacking midfielder being heavily linked with a big-money move to Everton this summer. 

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