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Capello told Zola to sign Diamanti for West Ham

England boss Fabio Capello convinced West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola about signing former Livorno attacking midfielder Alessandro Diamanti.

The Mirror says the man tipped Diamanti up to Zola was the England boss and his no.2 Franco Baldini, after the striker filled his boots to help his club gain promotion.

Diamanti scored 18 goals in 37 league and cup matches last season as Livorno went up to Serie A.

He is set to form a mouthwatering partnership alongside a reborn Carlton Cole, after being described to many at Upton Park as 'the new Paolo Di Canio'.

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