Filed: Tuesday, 16th June 2009
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United have made their first signing of what promises to be a busy summer.
American starlet Sebastian Lletget - a midfielder by trade - recently secured his move to England after obtaining a European passport. The Hammers had been tracking the 16-year-old American youth international for more than a year, since he was first spotted playing for his current club Santa Clara Sporting.
Lletget - born and bred in the USA - circumvented the rules regarding the signing of non-EU youth players by obtaining an Italian passport last November, for which he qualifies through an Italian grandfather.
Currently on his summer break, Lletget is set to join up with his team mates again in London next month and will spend the next year commuting between the UK and the US in order to continue working with the American youth set-up before hopefully moving to England permanently.
Talking about his future recently, Lletget said: "My heart's always going to be with the U.S - it's just that playing for a European team is amazing. It's just a higher level. That's how far I want to push it."
Wilmer Cabrera - Lletget's national youth team coach - added: "He is a very good technical player. He reads the game well."
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by sactown hammer
01:32AM 2nd Aug 2009
''Is there any word if Sebastian is currently training at WHU? I am yet to see his name on the youth roster.''
07:28AM 20th Jun 2009
''I'm really confused; did we sign Jimenez the Inter striker or not? It's not well laid out on the Telegraph. The title is West Ham land Jimenez but in the article it seems to say that we are just trying to sign him.''
07:29PM 17th Jun 2009
''USA! As an American I hope the kid is quality, as a Hammer I wish he was a bit older. Steve, Spector will be starting for WHU at right back here soon. He has represented himself well over the last month and has played well for the US.''
08:35AM 17th Jun 2009
''This kid has been billed as the next big thing for the US mnt. I kinda wish they didn't sign him so young though, as he really hasn't panned out and it's impossible to predict what type of player he'll become when he's 20 or older.''
08:25AM 17th Jun 2009
''I am a bit disappointed, how can any colleague of Jonathan Spector's be promising?
Let's hope Mr Carr weaves his magic.''
12:59AM 17th Jun 2009
''As a former Brit living in Northern California, Its good to see the Hammers scouting some young American players. If you check the US youth website, you will see Sebastian's name on the score sheet on a regular basis, and playing against international players. Good luck to the young lad.''
by Matt Ryan
10:22PM 16th Jun 2009
''Not quite the signing I was hoping to hear about but one for the future I suppose :)''
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