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Nani denies a link to Pazzini

PUBLISHED: 10:35 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:54 05 October 2010

WEST HAM technical director Gianluca Nani has dismissed speculation linking the club with a January move for Fiorentina striker Giampaolo Pazzini – despite reports in Italy that the 24-year-old is poised for a switch to Upton Park. Former Italy Under-21

WEST HAM technical director Gianluca Nani has dismissed speculation linking the club with a January move for Fiorentina striker Giampaolo Pazzini - despite reports in Italy that the 24-year-old is poised for a switch to Upton Park.

Former Italy Under-21 star Pazzini has fallen out of favour in Florence and is keen to find a new club when the transfer window opens next month.

Gianfranco Zola coached the striker during his spell in charge of the Under-21 side and Pazzini hinted last week that he would be interested in linking up with the Hammers boss in the Premier League.

But Nani has denied that Pazzini will join the Hammers after claiming that the club have no need to strengthen in January.

He said: "We are happy with our squad. We have more than 35 players available for the first team, so it is not necessary to intervene in the transfer market.

"So many people have called me to ask about something [Pazzini] which is completely unfounded."

Fiorentina manager Cesare Prandelli had earlier opened the way for Pazzini to move to the East End after admitting he would be powerless to prevent him from joining West Ham.

"If Pazzini wants to go to West Ham, we would do something about it but at the moment there's nothing," Prandelli told Sky Italia last week.


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