Tuesday, May 13, 2008

West Ham Close on 'New Ronaldo'

According to Sky Sports West Ham are close to clinching a loan deal for Italian starlet Davide Lanzafame.

The 21-year-old striker is a product of Juventus' youth system and made his first-team debut for them last season. He has spent this season on loan at Bari, whose coach Anontio Conte believes he could be the next Christian Ronaldo,

"Lanzafame has improved tactically," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "He is explosive, he sniffs the goal, and imposes his speed outside the area. If he improves and learns he can become like Cristiano Ronaldo."

Sky say he is set to sign a one year loan deal with West Ham.

On the evidence of this video he looks like he is happy with the ball at his feet and can score from anywhere.


At 11:31 AM, Anonymous portugal said...

People often talk about us needing more flair or creative players,or someone to replace what we had in Benayoun when that player was motivated. This is a step in the right direction. And the fact that the deal,if it happens ,is likely to be a loan deal ,rather than an outright purchase tells us a lot. It s pretty clever if we pull it off ,because it allows us to improve the team ,without racking up debt ,or worsening cash flow problems short term. As the credit crunch eases in 2009,if the player has proved himself, then perhaps w ecan buy him outright.

If Nani pulls this one off, then the man is starting to earn his paycheck

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Chris // NYC Hammers said...

If this loan move is sealed, that leaves us with Ashton, Bellars, Zamora, Searsy, Cole, & Lanzafame.

I've been convinced we should sell Cole while he still has value and I think this only reinforces that idea. Although another year in the reserve side couldn't hurt Freddie too much.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Keir Clarke said...

A word of warning - although the video suggest that Lanzafame has a lot of potential I think most of these goals are against Serie B opposition as that is where he has been playing this season.

Still he does look pacey and know how to finish.

At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Lew said...

You're very right Keir, we have to be wary of Youtube videos, such compilations can make very average players look good.

While it's impossible to say how well this lad will do - I fear a one year loan in England for a young Italian flair player usually won't really help either party - I think what this demonstrates is the clear influence Nani will have on our transfer proceedings this summer. And, as you mentioned Portugal, it's significant that this is a loan deal. I think, for better or for worse (and it really depends on the player), a lot of our dealings this summer will be in the loan market.

At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Chris // NYC Hammers said...

zehuuevI also don't know what it says about the player that he's on loan in Serie B from Juve, and Juve are willing to send him out on loan to England while they have a 30 year old Trezeguet, 33 year old Del Piero, and the youngest striker is 28 year old Iaquinta. On the other hand, if he performs well, his value will skyrocket (see Mauro Zarate) to heights he couldn't have achieved in Italy. So, I'm throughly confused right now.


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