Man City, West Ham have to pay £12m to sign Inter Milan striker Adriano

West Ham have confirmed they are in talks to sign the Brazilian hitman.

A Hammers spokeswoman said last night: “We’re in talks with his club but they’re at a very early stage. No offer has been made because we would prefer a loan deal.”

Adriano said: “I don’t want to go on loan again. I already went once, to Parma, when it was right for my career. Now if I must really leave, I’ll go and that’s it.”

Inter president Massimo Moratti said: “He has two choices in front of him — do really well with us or do really well on loan and return to us as the formidable centre-forward that we know he can be.”