Di Michele was signed by the Hammers last summer on a loan deal from Torino after he fell out with the then Torino coach Gianni De Biasi. At the time of signing the deal, the Hammers retained an option to make the deal permanent at a later stage.
But now that Torino and De Biasi have parted company and Walter Novellino, who has worked previously with Di Michele, has taken over, the Italian hitman has expressed his desire to return to the Turin club.
De Biasi told Turin-based sports paper Tuttosport:
“I currently feel, and I always have felt indebted to the fans of Torino, as well as with the President. Last year I scored six goals and did some important things, but I had to move away from the club, due to other issues. Now, I have things to settle; with the fans, with [Urbano] Cairo, with Novellino, and with my team mates.
“I have settled in well at West Ham now, and I have a good relationship with the club, the players and the fans.I am happy in London, and so to respect the club, they will decide my future.”
The ball then seems to be in West Ham’s court. Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola might just not be willing to let Di Michele leave the club in January. Maybe at the end of the current season, Di Michele shall be allowed to return to his former club.