Palermo keen on Hammers star

The Italians were strongly linked with the 24-year-old Swiss star

in January, with tentative approaches made. The Hammers made it

clear they were unwilling to do business, though, and that

situation is unlikely to have changed. The Premier League

strugglers have endured grave financial difficulties this season,

and may need to sell in the summer, but they are reluctant to part

with their prized assets. Palermo accept as much, despite being

keen to bring former Lazio ace Behrami back to Italy, and accept

there is little chance of landing the Switzerland international

unless West Ham alter their stance. “I understand that the British

press are keen to report the Palermo interest in Behrami, because

of the contacts made in January, but at present there is no open

discussion,” Palermo’s sporting director Walter Sabatini told TRM.

“Behrami is a player we like, I like him very much. “Our coach

(former Lazio boss Delio Rossi) knows him well, as he helped him to

grow, and he also likes him. “At the moment there is nothing, in

the sense that nothing is concrete, but Behrami is a player we

like.”