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Alessandro Diamanti New West Ham Signing
West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of forward Alessandro Diamanti from AS Livorno Calcio for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old becomes Gianfranco Zola's second major recruit from the Italian top flight this summer after Chilean international Luis Jimenez arrived from Internazionale. To date, the club have also been busy buying proven internationals Herita Ilunga and Radoslav Kovac on permanent transfers after they impressed on loan and signing the highly-rated prospects Fabio Daprela and Frank Nouble
The latest recruit will provide extra firepower to the Hammers attack alongside England striker Carlton Cole. Diamanti scored 18 times in 37 league and cup matches last season, including six goals in the final ten matches of what proved a hugely successful campaign.
After successfully passing a medical, he agreed a five-year contract at the Boleyn Ground and said he could not wait to get started in his new claret and blue No32 shirt. "I am very happy to be at West Ham United and to get the chance to play for Gianfranco Zola," he told whufc.com. "This is a big club and I want to give everything for the supporters."
The club had been tracking the 5ft11ins Diamanti for several months because of his high-profile exploits with Livorno, particularly through his long-range shooting and set-piece prowess. He had originally moved to the Stadio Armando Picchi after an excellent 2006/07 season with his hometown club AC Prato that saw him score ten goals in 25 league outings.