No deal for Nocerino


West Ham will not be offering Italian loan signing Antonio Nocerino a permanent deal at the end of the season.


The Italian international has been a peripheral figure making eight fleeting appearances since arriving from Milan in January.

And although the club will be busy in the transfer market this summer, the 29 year old does not figure in their plans.

A senior source told Claret and Hugh exclsuive: “There is no option to buy the player would be available at around ¬£4 million but I see no readiness to do a deal.”

He added that ¬†first and foremost boss Sam Allardyce was looking for a powerful’ player capable of sitting in front of the defence and capable of breaking things down and setting people on their way.

Noceirno has been unable to impress sufficiently to set anybody inside the club thinking seriously about the possibility of joining on a permanent deal.

The midfielder explained in his first interview that he would love to become a full time Hammer butthe source told ClaretandHugh:: “That’s very unlikely – he’s not really the type we are looking for if I’m honest.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • HammerForLife says:

    Hasn’t exactly been given a fair chance to show what he can (or can’t) do has he? Fifteen minutes every other game is never going to help him, or us. Yet another example of just how clueless our manager is.

  • New606 says:

    Shame we can’t fit him in, always liked him

  • Michael Miller says:

    Well, I’ve been very disappointed – he looks slow, lethargic and just not up to it – won’t be missed.

    More power and speed is required in midfield – I’m at a loss to understand why Diame is used out wide. The rumours about Sidwell heartens me – he’s not getting any younger but he’s full of energy – another player worth considering as a holding midfielder would be Cattermole of Sunderland. I know he’s got a reputation but he played really well against us – possibly worth a punt!

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