West Ham are ready to offer a Premier League lifeline to Emanuele Giaccherini by signing him from Sunderland at the end of the season.

With the Black Cats looking all but certain to be relegated from the top flight this term, Italy international Giaccherini had been facing an uncertain future.

But Sam Allardyce is keen on landing the 28-year-old, who has only shown flashes of his ability since arriving in English football.