Livorno's Lucarelli can understand West Ham ambitions for Diamanti

Livorno striker Cristiano Lucarelli concedes teammate Alessandro Diamanti will find it difficult to reject an offer from West Ham United.

Livorno striker Cristiano Lucarelli concedes teammate Alessandro Diamanti will find it difficult to reject an offer from West Ham United.

Lucarelli said: "I know the story from what I've read in the newspapers. We hope he will stay, because for us he is a key player and would be a significant loss.

"But if the figures are true, it seems that the offer would be good even for the club and its budget.

"In my heart, however, I hope he can stay here."

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