Thursday, 27 September 2007

Sealing A Deal For Foquinha?

West Ham United are interested in Brazilian teenager Kerlon Moura Souza according to various reports this morning. The Mirror claims the 19-year-old, who currently stars for Cruzeiro, wants to come to Europe and Torino, Real Betis and Espanyol are all said to be keeping tabs on the £5million rated striker. The Hammers hope the South America connections that brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to Upton Park will put them in pole position. The Mail states that the Hammers believe they have beaten Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal to the punch for the teen sensation and have not been put off South American signings after the debacle surrounding the deals which bought the Argentinians to the east End at the start of last season.

Kerlon, of course, is no longer one of Brazil's best kept secrets. Thanks to the blanket coverage of the World Youth Championships, his championing by several respected columnists and the proliferation of footage on YouTube, the boy nicknamed Foquinha (Little Seal) for his ability to dribble the ball on his forehead has become a much discussed name among the footballing fraternity.

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