West Ham United director of football Gianluca Nani has confirmed that the club are hoping to sign Savio Nsereko, but contrary to newspaper reports in England, they are not trying to buy Mario Balotelli.
Nsereko began his career with 1860 Munich, before he was signed by Brescia as a 16-year-old, and Nani played a major role in landing him as he was working for the Italian club at the time.
Nani has now returned to his former club to seal the move for the 19-year-old forward, although he was quick to again dismiss links with a loan move for Inter youngster Mario Balotelli.
“We are working on Savio of Brescia, and we are well advanced,” Nani told Mediaset.
“We have never talked to anyone about Balotelli, if we have Savio in place then that could be us done in January.”
Savio’s agent Patrick Bastianelli expects the deal to West Ham to go through soon.
“The player is very close to West Ham,” he admitted to the Italian press over the weekend.
“Savio will go away soon, and the boy is happy to find Zola, a great coach and with him he will only embrace an important technical programme from which he will only grow and improve.
“West Ham have accelerated the negotiations.”