Diamanti departs Hammers for Brescia

The Serie A new boys have snapped up the 27-year-old, who joined

the Hammers a year ago from Livorno. Another 300,000 euros

(£245,000) will be payable if Brescia secure their top-flight

status for another year. Diamanti scored eight goals in 29

appearances last season, with four coming from the penalty spot.

With Avram Grant having replaced compatriot Gianfranco Zola as

manager, the Italian was seemingly behind Carlton Cole, Luis Boa

Morte and Frederic Piquionne in the pecking order. He made a brief

appearance from the bench in the first match of the season against

Aston Villa but was keen to move back to his homeland. West Ham

have today been linked with a move for Lorient striker Kevin