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Behrami completes Fiorentina switch

January 26, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Fiorentina have completed the signing of midfielder Valon Behrami from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.

Valon Behrami
PA PhotosValon Behrami had been seeking an Upton Park exit for some time

Behrami, 25, returns to Italy two-and-a-half years after leaving Lazio for Upton Park in a £5 million deal, though he has enyjoyed mixed fortunes in that time.

The Switzerland international impressed in his debut campaign, having caught the Hammers' attention during Euro 2008, but he suffered a serious knee ligament injury in March 2009 that kept him out for more than six months.

It is thought that Behrami had been seeking a move away from the Hammers for some time and had previously stated that he felt homesick in England.

A statement on West Ham's official website said: "The club would like to thank Behrami for his contribution and wish him every success for the future."