Pellegrini downplays talk of Dzeko move to West Ham

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 11: The Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini and Edin Dzeko pose with the trophy at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini downplayed speculation linking him with a shock transfer for Edin Dzeko

The 32-year-old striker has been in excellent form at AS Roma for the past three years with 78 goals and 30 assists in 148 games across all competitions.

Dzeko recently refused to rule out a return to the Premier League after enjoying a successful four and a half years at Manchester City.

But Pellegrini, who managed Dzeko at City, would not discuss reports in Italy linking him with a reunion with the Bosnian.

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“You can talk about five, six or seven players that are linked with us. We must not talk about one player,” said Pellegrini, according to ITV.

“I know him well but we are not thinking about that at the moment.”

Dzeko scored 72 goals in 189 appearances for City, which also saw him win two Premier League titles.