Midfielder Edimilson Fernandes did not look to have any future at West Ham when he joined Fiorentina on a loan-to-buy last summer.
Manuel Pellegrini made it clear that Fernandes was not in his plans this season so he moved to Fiorentina – initially on loan but the Italian side have an option to buy.
But according to Gazetta dello Sport via Sport Witness, Fiorentina are unlikely to trigger the clause in his contract.
Fernandes could return to West Ham at the end of the season if Fiorentina opt against making his loan move permanent.
Edimilson Fernandes at West Ham
West Ham signed Fernandes from Swiss side FC Sion in summer 2016. The young midfielder penned a four-year deal, keeping him at the club until summer 2020.
In two seasons with the Hammers, the 8-cap Switzerland international played 48 games, scoring once (against Chelsea in the cup).
Fernandes played a lesser role under David Moyes last season and only managed 14 Premier League outings for the Hammers.
Edimilson Fernandes at Fiorentina
Last summer, Pellegrini sent Fernandes to Fiorentina and it seemed his West Ham career was over.
The 22-year-old has started 12 games this season in Serie A and has 18 appearances under his belt in total. Stefano Pioli’s men currently sit 10th in the top division.
But Fiorentina are unlikely to make the Swiss midfielder’s deal permanent because they have agreed a deal to sign Hamed Junior Traore next summer.
Fernandes is set to return to West Ham and his future is unclear with one year left on his contract.