It seems that West Ham have managed to persuade Marco Borriello to leave Roma for Upton Park as reports in Italy emerge that a deal has been completed.
Borriello has become unsettled at Roma due to a lack of playing time and the return from injury of talented youngster Mattia Destro has given him further reason to find a new club.
West Ham have been linked to Borriello for weeks but there had been reports that the player was unwilling to move to England and that he didn't feel the Hammers were a prestigious enough side.
The two clubs still have to exchange paperwork to make the deal legally binding but Di Marzio insists that will be a mere formality.
The signature will be a boost for Sam Allardyce who has been short of attacking options and has been searching for reinforcements to fight a relegation battle.
Borriello is now 31 and is most fondly remembered at Genoa where he scored 19 goals on loan from AC Milan in 2007-08 and 12 in 28 appearances last season on loan from Roma.
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