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West Ham on the Ponce?

Filed: Friday, 27th June 2014
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are being linked with a move for Newell's Old Boys teenage striker Ezequiel Ponce.

It has been claimed by Argentine sources that the 17-year-old - nicknamed 'Tank' - is the target of a local investment group who are seeking to purchase 50 per cent of the player's rights.

Further, it is reported that the group intend to 'park' Ponce at West Ham - an almost identical situation that led to a world record fine for the club in 2008 after they were found to have flouted league rules regarding third-party influence with regard to the Tevez & Mascherano transfers.

Argentinian daily La Capita wrote: "There is an intention to pay around $4million dollars for fifty per cent of the [player's] rights. In addition, a club in England was also mentioned as a destination: West Ham United."

Born in 1997, Ponce made his first team debut for Newell's at the age of 16 making him the youngest player ever to feature in the Argentinian top flight. He made 20 appearances in total for the Old Boys last season, scoring four goals.

Ponce scoring the winner against Racing last season (no audio)

And in other transfer news...

* Further to our story yesterday about West Ham's apparent interest in Emanuel Insua, the M*rror claim today that West Ham have made a £5million bid for the uncapped full back. Insua, the brother of former Liverpool defender Emiliano currently plies his trade with Boca Juniors in the Argentine Primera División. Boca President Daniel Angelici said: "The West Ham proposal is very good for the player and the club, so it becomes difficult to keep him."

* West Ham are once again being linked with a move for former Chelsea star Salomon Kalou. Currently playing in Ligue 1 (and the World Cup Finals), Kalou is also said to be interesting Roma, Arsenal and Turkish side Besiktas but will be seeking a similar wage to that the 28-year-old currently earns at Lille.

* Bosnian defender Muhamed Besic is being linked with a move to the Premier League with West Ham said to be one of those interested. The 21-year-old, who featured in all three of his country's World Cup FInals group matches currently plays for Hungarian side Ferencvaros; Cardiff City are also reported to be monitoring the situation.

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