Livorno insist they had no choice but to sell Alessandro Diamanti to West Ham United.
âDiamanti literally begged us in tears to let him join West Ham,â director of sport Nelso Ricci told the Corriere dello Sport.
âHe said this is the opportunity of a lifetime. He thanked the President for having signed him from Prato in Serie C2, but now he wants to leave.
âWest Ham will pay Â£5.5m in three years. What could [President Aldo] Spinelli do other than sell a player who no longer wants to be here?
âWe cannot keep unhappy players. Spinelli had already improved Diamantiâs contract to match the higher earners, like [Cristiano] Lucarelli.â