Thursday, August 31, 2006

Argentine duo to Hammers

It’s reported that West Ham have made a stunning move, acquiring Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Brazilian club Corinthians. Both 22, the teammates were targets of both Manchester United and Arsenal.

The pair’s rights are owned by Media Sports Investment, a British-based company with financial involvement in Corinthians. MSI were linked with a takeover of West Ham last season.

Tevez has endured a tempestuous 18 months at Corinthians, falling out with fans and officials and claiming his life was unbearable as an Argentinian plying his trade in Brazil. Tevez had a falling out with Emerson Leao, who took over on August 15. Leao stripped Tevez of the captain’s armband and signed AC Milan striker Marcio Amoroso.

It has been confirmed that the duo made the permanent move on BBC Five Live. West Ham, who are currently sixth in the Premiership, have announced they will hold a news conference later today. The story originated with comments made on Tevez’s website.

The transfer would be the biggest in West Ham's history and mirror the move Tottenham Hotspur made for Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa back in the 1970s, when both helped the London club to FA Cup victory in 1981 and 82 as well as the Uefa Cup.

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