Adriano to rebuff West Ham for Brazil stay

West Ham's hopes of landing Brazil international striker Adriano during the January transfer window look to have been dashed as the Brazilian wants to remain in his own country.

West Ham's hopes of landing Brazil international striker Adriano during the January transfer window look to have been dashed as the Brazilian wants to remain in his own country.

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola is keen to improve his forward options with the Upton Park club struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Adriano had emerged as a possible transfer target, with the former Inter Milan forward's agent admitting a number of clubs in Europe were keen on his services.

However, team-mate Ronaldo Angelim said: "I have spoken to Adriano and he has assured me he will continue with Flamengo here in Brazil."

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