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West Ham Look to Sign Argentine Veteran Juan Riquelme Three Years Too Late?

Upton Park side try to seal deal to sign legend who is past it.

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Argentina playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme is considering a move to West Ham United.
The gifted 31-year-old is out of contract at Boca Juniors and has stalled on an expected move to Brazilian side Flamengo because of a raft of interest from South American and European sides.
Renewing with his current side is not out of the question, but Riquelme is also said to have an offer from a second, unnamed English side.

The former Villarreal star almost signed for Everton three years ago, but instead clinched a move from Spain back to his homeland.
Fiery Riquelme missed out on Argentina’s World Cup party after a clash with coach Diego Maradona.
Brazilian sides Cruzeiro and Flamengo are also interested, as are Mexico’s Atlas, and Buenos Aires side Racing Club de Avellaneda.
Flamengo are believed to have offered him a two-and-a-half year deal worth £45,000 a week. (Daily Mail)

31 year old former Argentine international Juan Riquelme has never been the most athletic of performers but the former Barcelona man is now surely way past it when it comes to a Premier League move. One can only imagine what kind of pay packet he would demand from the Upton Park side and you have to calculate the worth in such a move for a player who hasn’t played European football for three years and has been used sparingly at Boca Juniors of late and would have to convince Avram Grant of his fitness before any deal could be considered.

The move is in many ways the more typical of the kind of deal Harry Redknapp would have tried to secure when he was Hammers boss.

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