Italian football almost lost Napoli sensation Edinson Cavani to West Ham, his former Coach has revealed.
“When I was at Palermo, the Matador wanted a move to West Ham as he wanted to try out an adventure in the Premier League,” current Atalanta boss Stefano Colantuono told La Domenica Sportiva.
The Rosanero signed Cavani in January 2007 from Danubio for €5m. He stayed in Sicily until his 2010 €17m switch to current club Napoli.
“I have only got to know a few strikers with his qualities and his desire,” the Bergamo-based tactician continued.
“On Fridays, for example, he would stay after training to practice his shooting skills in front of goal…”
Cavani has been a massive success at the Stadio San Paolo. In 81 games for the club across all competitions, he has scored 57 goals.
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