There has been a huge twist in the West Ham and Spurs battle for Gianluca Scamacca’s best friend Davide Frattesi as the player goes public with his choice.

A string of reports in recent months have claimed West Ham and bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur are battling to sign Italy international midfielder Frattesi in January.

According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport both Tottenham and the Hammers want the 23-year-old Sassuolo man.

Both David Moyes and Antonio Conte are keen to bolster their respective central midfield ranks.

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Frattesi is on the radars of West Ham and Spurs ahead of January according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

But other Premier League clubs, including Man United and Brighton, are also said to be interested.

is an exceptional talent and is an orthodox central midfielder by trade. But he can also operate in the number 10 position.

On the face of it, with Spurs being in the Champions League, Moyes might have his work cut out to lure Frattesi to West Ham over their London rivals.

And given the contrasting form of both sides so far this season, many might think Conte would be favourite to land his compatriot.

There had been hopes Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca could help the Hammers beat Tottenham to the exciting signing as the pair are the very best of friends.

But there has been a huge twist in the West Ham and Spurs battle for Scamacca’s best friend Frattesi as the player goes public with his choice.

Frattesi could well have played his last game for Sassuolo with Serie A not resuming until January 4th.

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But he won’t be joining West Ham, Tottenham or any of their Premier League rivals it seems.

Because the player himself has spoken of his disappointment at being denied a return to Roma – where he came through the academy – in the summer.

And Frattesi has exclusively told Corriere dello Sport in no uncertain terms that he WILL return to Roma.

“Following the disappointment of the summer, I will return to Roma, because it would be coming full circle for me,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

The full interview is being released tomorrow and Football Italia claims the 23-year-old’s comments has ruled out any hopes that interested Premier League clubs might have of signing Frattesi.

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