The rumors surrounding Fabio Quagliarella's future in Turin have been hovering over the Juventus striker's head for months. Will he stay or will he go? If he leaves, where the heck will he go? Will he stay in Italy? Will he go abroad to, say, England? Nobody really knew until something possibly materialized out of the bucket that is Serie A transfer rumors.
Wednesday brought the latest round of Quagliarella-to-(insert team name here) rumors, with West Ham being the club that is reportedly vying for the services of incredibly tan 30-year-old Italian striker. In Italian, via everybody's "favorite" transfer rumormongering Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio:
Il West Ham pressa, vuole Fabio Quagliarella. Oggi c'è stato un altro contatto tra la società inglese e la Juventus, l'offerta è stata aumentata. 1 milione per il prestito e 6 milioni per il riscatto. Il club bianconero riflette, perché comunque vorrebbe cedere il suo attaccante a titolo definitivo, ma comunque la trattativa può decollare. E Quagliarella può lasciare l'Italia.
And in English for those who can't read Italian:
West Ham is insisting, they want Fabio Quagliarella. Today there was a meeting between the English club and Juventus, the offer was increased. One million for the loan plus a 6 million option to buy. The black and white club is reflecting, because they still want a straight sale, but the negotiation could still continue. Quagliarella could leave Italy.
This isn't the first round of rumors of Quagliarella going to England and it probably won't be the last. But unlike the other ones linking him to EPL sides that have come and gone in a matter of a couple of days, West Ham's interest seems legit. It's just a matter of time before one of the two — or both of — Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri depart Turin in some kind of deal. Whether it's loan or a permanent sale is obviously something we'll have to wait and see on.
But it's a certainty that Beppe Marotta is going to offload somebody sooner rather than later because of what time it is on the calendar. And with just 10 days in remaining before the transfer window closes up for the summer, we're getting awfully close to crunch time when it comes to offloading the excess players on the current Juventus squad.
Either way, somebody's going. We're just waiting to see who's the first to pack their bags and head out of Turin.