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West Ham sporting director Gianluca Nani insists the Barclays Premier League club are not after Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu.

Speculation has been rife that Mutu is set for a return to London with the Hammers poised to make an audacious bid for the former Chelsea player. The Romania international's agent claims a January move is not out of question but Nani has dismissed the reports outright.

"It's all rubbish. I'm saddened by all these voices which insist there's a deal," Nani told

"I would like to talk about serious things.

"I prefer not to say anything about Mutu."

Mutu is in his fourth season at Fiorentina where he has scored 58 goals in 117 matches.

The 30-year-old has had a troubled past few months as he battles against the 17million euro fine he has been ordered to pay Chelsea, although there is a glimmer of hope after the fine was temporarily suspended by the Swiss Federal Court.

Mutu cost the Blues £15million in 2003 but was sacked a year later after he tested positive for cocaine, and was given a seven-month worldwide football ban.

After being axed by Chelsea and serving his ban, the Romanian joined Juventus in January 2005 before moving to Fiorentina at the end of the following season.

Mutu has become one of La Viola's key players and scored 13 goals in 19 games last campaign as he and Alberto Gilardino formed one of Serie A's most formidable partnerships.

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