West Ham looking for Argentine inspiration but can they get it?

Argentina has a history of exporting players to Europe even before their voices have broken and the alleged interest of West Ham United in the Independiente teenage striker Nicolas Mazzola is not a huge surprise. But the fact is that the Secretary of the Argentine club, Leandro Battafarano, denies that any such move is likely in the near future and has emitted reluctance to speak on the transfer of the 17-year old.

ESPN Soccernet reports that Battafarano is disgruntled at West Ham for declaring without any proof or substance that the youngster is currently training with the club in London and contradicts it by insisting that Mazzola is actually in Argentine training in the Argentine pre-season.

Battafarano told PA Sport:

As far as we are concerned, we have not been told about Mazzola going to England. He is having pre-season training with the first team in Mar del Plata now. I cannot say now whether there was an official West Ham offer, but he is a very good player and a lot of teams have made different offers. Several of them were English clubs, and there was not just one.

So there appears to be one man in Argentina who is apparently not to keen to ship off another Argentine talent to Europe. But or how long would he be able to hold onto the striker? And should, could and would unfancied West Ham land yet another Argentine? Have the Hammers boss forgotten Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez already?

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