Sunderland’s Italian ace wanted by West Ham as Man United scout trio in Portugal and Arsenal battle to keep defender

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SUNDERLAND may be on the verge of relegation, but one of their players is in demand this summer.

Emmanuele Giaccherini has had a mixed first season in the Premier League since his £6.8m move from Juventus.

And the Metro reports that West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen on capturing the 28-year-old.

Giaccherini has offers to play again in Serie A, but the newspaper reports that he wants to remain in the Premier League rather than return to his native Italy.

Other transfer stories:

Manchester United manager David Moyes has flown to Portugal to check on the form of three transfer targets. He is monitoring the Porto pair of centre-half Eliaquim Mangala, 23, Jackson Martinez, 27 – who plays as a striker – and Benfica left-back Guilherme Siqueira, 27, currently on loan from Granada. Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal must fight off interest from Paris St-Germain, Monaco and Bayern Munich to convince defender Laurent Koscielny, 28, to sign a new contract. Full story: Daily Telegraph

The agent of Croatia Under-21 international Mario Pasalic, 19, says the Hajduk Split midfielder will undergo a medical with Chelsea in May ahead of signing a permanent deal. Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham will try to sign Joleon Lescott in the summer when the 31-year-old Manchester City defender’s contract expires, six months after the Hammers made an initial move for the England international. Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa are likely to make a summer move for Napoli midfielder Josip Radosevic, 20, who has played only 54 minutes of Serie A football for Rafa Benitez’s side this season. Full story: Talksport

The agent of Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, 20, has played down the possibility of the player joining Arsenal, despite talk of a move to the north London club in the last transfer window. Full story: Daily Express

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, 24, wants to move to Manchester United, according to the midfielder’s former team-mate Mario Gotze, who is now at Bayern Munich. Full story: Daily Star