Fiorentina retain interest in Valon Behrami

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Fiorentina have not given up hope of signing Valon Behrami from West Ham.

Reports in England claimed West Ham recently turned down a bid from Fiorentina for the Swiss midfielder after their asking price was not met.

Behrami is keen to return to Italy and has also been linked with Serie A side Roma in the winter transfer market.

"We are hopeful," said Fiorentina club administrator Sandro Mencucci to Rai 3 when asked about his club's interest in Behrami.

"But until he is in Florence and he has signed, we cannot be sure."

Behrami played three years at Lazio before moving to the Hammers in the summer of 2008.

The 25-year-old is under contract with the Premier League outfit until June 2013.