Toni tipped to join West Ham

Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni could be on his way to West Ham United this summer, according to the player's agent.

The 32-year-old has netted 38 league goals in just 56 outings for the German giants since arriving in 2007, having bagged 47 and 50 league goals for previous clubs Fiorentina and Palermo respectively. The prolific Italian - who has not been quite as lethal in front of goal for his country - is believed to be concerned about his first-team opportunities at the Allianz Arena in 2009/10 following the arrival of new coach Louis van Gaal and strikers Mario Gomez and Ivica Olic. And as a result, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham have been linked with a move for the front-man, with Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola also being tipped to land Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen and Inter Milan attacker Mario Balotelli as he attempts to bolster his forward line. Bayern director of sport Christian Nerlinger moved to quash talk of Toni departing for pastures new earlier this week, insisting there had been no enquiries for the front-man, telling Munchener Merkur: "There is no bid regarding Luca Toni. And we are not really considering his future."

However, Toni's agent, Jose Alberti has since revealed that the striker could be persuaded to swap Munich for East London to play under Zola, who is a friend of his.

"I think it will happen," he said, as reported by TMW.

"At Bayern [Toni] is not playing and Zola is a great friend of his."

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