West Ham are one of a number of clubs hoping to persuade Fiorentina to part with centre-back Alessandro Gamberini as Sam Allardyce looks to bolster his squad for next seasons Premier League campaign.
The Hammers had a settled pairing of James Tomkins and Winston Reid last season, but Allardyce knows that he will need more options and the vastly experienced Italian may well fit the bill.
Gamberini, 31, has played for Fiorentina for the past seven seasons and has been capped by Italy on eight occasions .
However, it was revealed by the players agent, Francesco Romano, that West Ham are not the only club to approach him about securing the services of the defender.
"Alessandro has another year on his contract at Fiorentina and his priority remains the Viola shirt," Romano told Julie Italia, as reported on Sky Sports. "We'll talk with the club and evaluate what to do, because there have been plenty of approaches.
"Napoli? At the moment I haven't heard anything from them.
"I have been contacted directly by two foreign sides - West Ham United and Bayer Leverkusen have asked about the player. But Alessandro is a Fiorentina player and I have said that they must speak with the club."
Allardyce has often looked to bring in players with proven experience at the highest level as last season he signed the likes of Kevin Nolan, Matthew Taylor and Abdoulaye Faye, while this year he has already signed Jussi Jasskelainen.