West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has taken aim at Italian clubs.

Brady wrote in The Sun: "In general, I would rather trust a rattlesnake than some Italian clubs.

"This week Chelsea hope The Old Lady will be ordered by a disputes panel to open her handbag and pay up to £15million for Adrian Mutu, who was suspended for cocaine snorting nine years ago.

"I have been pursuing another Italian club, Brescia, for four years for £2m owed West Ham for Alessandro Diamanti, so you can see why I have decided never to sell to Italy until I see the money."