Friday, September 01, 2006


IT'S OFFICIAL: Argentines join Hammers

Carlos "Carlito" Tevez and Javier Mascherano joined West Ham United on a permanent basis for undisclosed fees at about 5pm London time last night.

In what is surely the biggest transfer coup of the season and probably for many years, the Irons have snatched two very highly rated 22-year-old Argentines from under the noses of Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

Time will tell if there's something shady going on but the fact remains that West Ham have become a real force to be reckoned with, with one of the strongest squads in the League.

The Club said: "West Ham United are delighted to announce the double signing of Argentinian World Cup stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Brazilian club Corinthians. The pair have been signed for an undisclosed fee and put pen-to-paper on permanent contracts with the club this afternoon. All other aspects of the transfers will remain confidential and undisclosed. The transfers represent a massive coup for the Hammers, who have beaten off some of Europe's biggest clubs to secure the services of the duo."

This has become a critical moment for the club, which may see the Hammers become one of the biggest clubs in Europe in coming years and equally may trigger another financial downfall. Time will tell if Brown and Pardew have made the right decision but for now West Ham fans will love seeing these two awesome players plying their trade at Upton Park.

Whether the players will walk straight into the squad remains to be seen but it is likely both of them to play as substitutes for the first couple of matches and then on a performance basis from then on.

Both players are available for the next match, against Aston Villa, but will first play in London at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium for Argentina's friendly against Brazil.

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