With West Ham United still in the hunt for seventh place in the Premier League, provided they remain consistent with their results, many will have been pleased with Manuel Pellegrini’s first season in charge and the signings that they made in the summer.
The Hammers can always improve though and it appears he has a talented South American starlet on his radar who would clearly be one to watch in the future.
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According to a report by Milan News, West Ham are understood to be interested in signing Juan Sebastian Sforza in the summer and are believed to have already made contact with Newell’s Old Boys about their midfielder.
Camillo Autieri, who is the 17-year-old’s agent, revealed that a number of clubs including the Hammers are interested in the Argentine, with a fee of €1.5million (£1.3m) thought to be enough to secure him.
“Around a million and a half euros,” he said. “Last year the Newell’s Old Boys asked for two, but for a million and a half it would close quietly, perhaps inserting a percentage on the future resale in favour of the Argentines.
“We have already arranged appointments with Roma, Inter, Juventus and Napoli (as well as Milan),” he added. “Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and West Ham.”
Sforza appears to have a bright future ahead of him and going by the description Autieri has provided of him, he sounds like he will be a brilliant talent in the game.
A midfielder by trade, the teenager already has plenty of leadership qualities, having captained Argentina’s Under-15s, with his representative confidently believing he will represent the National Team at a major tournament in the future.
And, when it comes down to his action play, it would seem Sforza has all the tools to be largely successful, as he has excellent vision and can pick out a pass to his team-mates to create a number of opportunities.
The 17-year-old can play high up the pitch and is comfortable with the ball at his feet, possessing the ability to dribble with it in tight spaces, whilst also being able to take a powerful shot from distance that can trouble a goalkeeper.
Autieri also compared him to Massimo Ambrosini, which shows just how highly he believes that his client can go – although there will be some scepticism about how big he is building Sforza up.
However, the interest in him appears to back it up and West Ham appear they could have a real battle on their hands to land him.
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