Hammers close on Behrami

Swiss star lined up by West Ham

Behrami: Hammers target

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West Ham have emerged as favourites to sign Swiss star Valon Behrami.

The Lazio midfielder, who can also play at right-back, is set to leave the Serie A side and a number of clubs have shown an interest in the Kosovo-born 23-year-old.

Everton were strongly linked with a summer approach, but now Italian sources suggest The Hammers are very close to confirming a deal.

West Ham's new Italian technical director Gianluca Nani is believed to have played a major role in securing Behrami.

The deal is reportedly going to be worth €6.5million (£5.2million) to Lazio, who have agreed to the sale.

Should West Ham seal his signature then it would represent their first major acquisition of the summer.