Hammers sign Inter Milan duo
WEST Ham have completed a double swoop for Inter Milan duo Mancini and Luis Jimenez. (The Sun)Hammers chief executive Scott Duxbury tied up season-long loan deals for the pair, who are worth a combined �25million on the open market.
WEST Ham have completed a double swoop for Inter Milan duo Mancini and Luis Jimenez. (The Sun)
Hammers chief executive Scott Duxbury tied up season-long loan deals for the pair, who are worth a combined �25million on the open market.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is an admirer of Brazilian Mancini but West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola used his Italian contacts to land the winger.
Mancini, 28, wants out because of a rift with Inter boss Jose Mourinho. He will also be able to cover at right-back as Lucas Neill looks set to quit Upton Park after rejecting a final contract offer.
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Chile striker Jimenez, 25 today, has been pursued by Zola for weeks. Hammers will have first refusal on making the moves permanent at the end of the season.
Mancini, rated at �15m and Jimenez, worth around �10m, are Zola's first signings after control of West Ham was taken from outgoing chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and passed to Icelandic bank Straumar.
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The Hammers chief hopes to be able to land at least one of the Inter pair on a permanent deal next summer but needs to sell to raise cash first.
That is why West Ham have slapped a staggering �15m price tag on defender Matthew Upson.
The Hammers are resigned to losing the England centre-half this summer, with Manchester City favourites to sign him.
Upson, 30, has dropped heavy hints he wants to join a bigger club in the run-up to next summer's World Cup finals - and his Hertfordshire house is up for sale.
England boss Fabio Capello has also advised Upson he should be playing at the highest level possible to boost his chances of making the squad for South Africa.
Arsenal and Liverpool are expressing passing interest in Upson but ambitious City lead the way.