Viola hope for Behrami deal

Italians not giving up on bid for Hammers midfielder

Behrami: Fiorentina target

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Fiorentina remain hopeful of agreeing a deal to bring West Ham United midfielder Valon Behrami back to Serie A.

Skysports.com revealed on Monday that Fiorentina's initial offer for the Switzerland international had been rejected by the Hammers.

However, the Viola's club administrator Sandro Mencucci has confirmed a deal is still in the pipeline and they hope to secure Behrami's signature.

"We are hopeful," said Mencucci to Rai 3 when asked about his club's interest in Behrami.

"But until he is in Florence and he has signed, we cannot be sure."

Behrami joined West Ham from Lazio in 2008 and has previously played for Genoa and Verona in Italian football.

The 25-year-old has made 63 appearances for the Hammers, scoring five goals, but has featured only seven times in the Premier League this season.

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