West Ham United are closing in on Brescia starlet Savio Nsereko.

The Sun says technical director Gianluca Nani flew to Italy on Tuesday.

The Hammers see the Uganda-born German teen as a replacement for Craig Bellamy after his £14m switch to Manchester City.

Nani hopes his friendship with Savio, 19, will swing the balance despite competition from Italian giants Juventus and Roma. It was Nani who introduced the player to European football at former club Brescia five years ago.