Nani closes on Swiss star signing

West Ham's technical director told Italian press that negotiations were in an advanced stage for the 23 year old wide player.

Behrami indicated his readiness to use Article 17 to force a move from Lazio but Nani revealed that West Ham are willing to avoid that eventuality by paying the full transfer fee of around £5million.

"I hope the negotiation will be concluded," said Nani.

"We have worked to do what is possible for a solution that doesn't consider Fifa article 17."