Alessandro Diamanti admits West Ham would be well advised to follow up their reported interest in Antonio Candreva.
The 22-year-old playmaker spent last season with Livorno, playing alongside Diamanti.
He has seen his loan deal extended by a further year, with pressure placed upon him to fill the creative void left by his former colleague.
Candreva has revelled in that role, starring for Livorno in the opening weeks of the Serie A season.
His performances have not gone unnoticed, with clubs across Europe believed to be keeping tabs on his progress.
West Ham are just one of those to have been impressed, with the Premier League outfit already boasting a strong Italian contingent within their squad.
Gianfranco Zola could be persuaded to increase that number, with Diamanti revealing he would welcome the opportunity to be reunited with Candreva at Upton Park
"Candreva is not a surprise, he has everything he needs to become a champion," he said.
The only sticking point in any potential deal could be that Candreva is still co-owned by Udinese and any transfer would need to receive clearance from them before being completed.