The deadly striker is regarded as one of the best in the business, and would provide the relegation-threatened duo with some much-needed firepower.

But Gilardino feels his chances of featuring for Italy at the World Cup would be best served by sticking with his current club.

The forward is also closing in on 200 Serie A goals and is keen to reach that landmark.

The Italian ace said: "There have been many rumours but I want to stay at Genoa, I am fine here.

"Attracting interest from other teams always gives pleasure, it means that your qualities are appreciated.

"My goals? I'd like to get to 200 goals in Serie A and take part in my third World Cup, but now I think about the present and to do well with Genoa."

Despite the latest setback, West Ham are still confident of landing Italian pair Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello on loan for the rest of the season.