Dzeko rejects West Ham move

Edin Dzeko’s agent was in Trigoria today as the Roma striker wants to leave the club in January, but has rejected a move to West Ham.

The relationship between the Roma captain and Paulo Fonseca fell apart with the striker who wasn’t included in the Giallorossi squad list to face Spezia last weekend.

Dzeko trained separately from the rest of the group today and while Sky Sport reports Roma didn’t find any club interested in signing the 34-year-old, claims West Ham have made a bid to sign the former Manchester City striker.

Dzeko, however, has rejected the Hammers’ offer, but insists he wants to leave the Stadio Olimpico in the current transfer window.

For this reason his agent Tullio Tinti was in Trigoria today to negotiate his client’s exit.

Tiago Pinto will reportedly try to mediate between him and Fonseca, but apparently there is no way their relationship can be fixed.


Tiago Pinto to mediate between Dzeko and Fonseca

According to Sky Sport Italia, Tiago Pinto will mediate between Edin Dzeko and Paulo Fonseca as Roma have not found any club interested in signing the striker in January.

The Roma captain was left out of the squad list to face Spezia last weekend and trained separately from the group today.

The Portuguese coach said Dzeko suffered an injury before the Spezia clash, but reports in Italy insist their relationship fell apart, so much so the future of the former Manchester City in the Eternal City striker depends on his coach.

According to Sky Sport, Roma have been looking for an escape route trying to offer Dzeko to some top European clubs.

His €7.5m-a-year salary, however, is preventing any potential suitor from signing the 34-year-old in the January transfer window.

For this reason, the club’s new General Manager Tiago Pinto will mediate between the two parties, trying to reach a compromise and get till the end of the season.


Dzeko trains alone at Roma

Roma forward Edin Dzeko trained alone at Trigoria, as the tense relationship with coach Paulo Fonseca reportedly remains unsolved.

The split between the star striker and the Portuguese coach is highly visible, according to Sky Sport Italia, as the Bosnian was separated from his teammates at training today.

Dzeko returned to training at Trigoria today, but he was not welcomed to join the group who prepare for the match against Hellas Verona on Sunday.

The report speaks of a clear and obvious signal from the coach, that the situation has not changed and strengthens the rumours of an early departure for the 34-year-old.

The former Manchester City forward has scored seven goals in 15 Serie A games for La Lupa this term, helping them to third in the table after 19 games.

The total breakdown happened after the Coppa Italia defeat to Spezia, as the striker reportedly confronted the coach over the sacking of team manager Gianluca Gomber.

Fonseca refused to answer Dzeko questions after the 4-3 win over Spezia in Serie A last weekend, when the player was not in the squad.


Liveblog: Serie A Wk19 Super Saturday

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We begin at 14.00 GMT at the Stadio Olimpico, where Roma and Spezia meet for the second time in four days, as they drew 2-2 here in the Coppa Italia, the visitors winning 4-2 in extra time.

The Giallorossi had two men sent off, made too many substitutions and are imploding off the field, with numerous stars missing this game.

At 17.00 GMT, it’s a long-distance head-to-head for the Winter Champion title, as Milan need at least a point against Atalanta, while Inter visit Udinese.

The Rossoneri have Mario Mandzukic and Fikayo Tomori waiting for their debuts, but Alessio Romagnoli and Alexis Saelemaekers are suspended.

At 19.45 GMT, Fiorentina try to shrug off their 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Napoli by hosting Crotone.


Highlights: Roma 4-3 Spezia

There were six goals in their Coppa Italia meeting midweek, but Roma took revenge with a 4-3 thriller in stoppages to beat Spezia.

It is never dull when these two teams cross paths and they outdid themselves at the Stadio Olimpico in their first Serie A encounter.

Borja Mayoral’s opener was cancelled out by Roberto Piccoli, but the game truly lit up in the second half.

There were three goals in a six-minute spell, the Giallorossi going 3-1 up with another from Borja Mayoral and Rick Karsdorp, before Diego Farias kept Spezia in it.

Daniele Verde again scored against his hometown club for a 90th minute equaliser, pouncing on Chris Smalling’s defensive error.

It still wasn’t over and Lorenzo Pellegrini fired in the Bruno Peres lay-off for 4-3.

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