Past comments from striker Edin Dzeko must surely cast doubt on a possible move to West Ham United this summer.
Widespread speculation has linked the Roma striker with the Hammers since December (The Sun).
The Bosnian star would be reunited with his old boss Manuel Pellegrini if he joins the East Londoners.
Dzeko’s goals helped Pellegrini set a new Premier League scoring record as they lifted the title at Manchester City.
But that does not necessarily mean they got on.
Comments from an interview Dzeko gave to The Guardian back in 2017 suggest the pair had a frosty relationship.
In fact Dzeko had just one word to describe his relationship with Pellegrini back then.
“He talks fondly of Roberto Mancini but what about Manuel Pellegrini, the Italian’s successor as manager?” The Guardian reported.
“Dzeko stops for a second, looks at my phone which records our conversation and says that he was “OK”. That’s it, I ask? He just grinned.”
Past comments could cast doubt on Hammers move
Hardly a ringing endorsement.
At 33 – and reportedly on £165,000 per week, some West Ham fans feel it would be another in a long list of questionable signings by the club.
So the fact the pair did not have the best working relationship may come as a relief to some.
A new report from Sky Sports this week claims that in fact it is Roma seeking out West Ham to offload the player rather than the other way around.
Relief for some West Ham fans
The crucial line in the Sky Sports report states: “West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to Sky sources.”
Back in January Pellegrini also told reporters he was not looking to sign Dzeko.
“I know him very well but we are not thinking about him at the moment,” Pellegrini said.
Time will tell.