Bayern Munich have insisted that striker Luca Toni will not be joining West Ham United on loan. 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. However, Bayern director of sport Christian Nerlinger has since moved to quash talk of Toni departing for pastures new, stating there have been no enquiries. "There is no bid regarding Luca Toni. And we are not really considering his future," he told Munchener Merkur. NEWS: Toni relegated to reserves NEWS: Tottenham eye Toni swoop
5 August 2009
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