West Ham and Roma having Behrami discussions
Roma have opened talks over a £4.5 million move for West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami, Goal.com UK can reveal.
The Switzerland international has been tracked by the Italian side since last summer and now looks set to finally complete a switch to the Stadio Olimpico, where Roma are currently challenging for the Serie A title.
Palermo and Wolfsburg have also expressed an interest in Behrami but the player has told West Ham he wants to play for Roma, who are managed by former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri.
Roma officials are in advanced talks with West Ham and all parties are confident that a deal will be concluded in the New Year as the Hammers look to raise cash to improve their fortunes on the pitch.
Avram Grant’s side sit rock bottom of the Premier League and the Israeli must win one of his next two games to save his job.
Behrami, 25, cost the Londoners £5m when he signed from Lazio in 2008 but has been constantly linked with a return to Serie A after growing frustrated with the direction his career has taken since his move to England.
“There has been interest from elsewhere but Behrami is almost certain to join Roma,” a source told Goal.com UK.
“West Ham won’t stand in his way – they need the money and have no desire to fight to keep him.”
Behrami could be followed out of Upton Park by Carlton Cole, Matthew Upson and Kieron Dyer, with owners David Gold and David Sullivan ready to listen to offers for any player apart from midfield talisman Scott Parker.
Upson, 31, has only six months remaining on his contract and the club captain has declined to sign a new contract amid interest from Liverpool.
Better news for the Hammers is the imminent arrival of midfielder Steve Sidwell from Aston Villa after he successfully underwent a medical on Wednesday.