According to reports emerging from Italy, West Ham’s hopes of signing Roma forward Edin Dzeko have taken yet another hit.

Dzeko is a long-term striker target for West Ham with Manuel Pellegrini keen to reunite with his former Manchester City player.

But the 33-year-old does not share the same passion for a reunion. According to Corriere dello Sport, Dzeko will turn down a move to West Ham.

The race for Edin Dzeko

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West Ham and Inter Milan have been linked with Dzeko for the past several weeks. The race was thought to be hotting up ahead of summer but Inter are now in pole position.

Dzeko is seen as their Mauro Icardi replacement and the Roma striker is keen to move to San Siro. He prefers that project rather than returning to England.

 

And now Red Bull Leipzig are involved. According to this report, RB Leipzig have held talks with Dzeko’s representatives and are ready to meet his €20m (over £17m) price tag.

RB Leipzig sit third in the Bundesliga, eight points ahead of fourth and eight points behind second with four games to play.

But star striker Timo Werner is likely to leave in the summer. Therefore, the German side have identified Dzeko as a potential replacement.

RB Leipzig’s interest and Dzeko reportedly refusing West Ham’s deal are two reasons why Pellegrini might have to look elsewhere for a new striker.