West Ham loanee hoping to stay

Antonio Nocerino has revealed that he is keen to make his loan move to West Ham from AC Milan a permanent one at the end of the season.

The Italy international switched to Upton Park in January after failing out of favour with the Serie A giants.

Although he featured infrequently under Sam Allardyce initially, Nocerino started the 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Tuesday evening, and is expected to play a significant role between now and the end of the season.

The 29-year-old says that he has enjoyed his time in England and is keen to stay with a Premier League side, preferably West Ham:

“I’m at West Ham on loan but I hope to stay in the Premier League even in the next season,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“West Ham take my precedence over all other clubs, because they gave me confidence when AC Milan no longer believed in me.

“I’m fine in England, here there’s a different mindset and a lot less pressure than in Italy.”

Nocerino has enjoyed a decent career in his homeland, representing the likes of Palermo, Juventus and Milan.

The versatile midfielder has also played for his nation on 15 occasions, and was a part of their EURO 2012 squad – netting a penalty against England in the quarter-final shoot-out.

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