Hammers to ‘pass’ on £5 million teen sensation

PonceWest Ham are set to ‘pass ‘ on the chance of signing South American teen sensation Ezequiel Ponce.
The Newell’s Old Boys 17 year old – billed as the most exciting prospect in Argentian football – is the subject of an Argy investment group finacial move with the businessmen wanting to purchase 50 per cent of the player’s rights.
And West Ham have confirmed to ClaretandHugh that the player – nicknamed ‘Tank’ – has been offered to them.   
The story first broke in the Argentinian media – where Upton Park  was named as a likely destination – and has been repeated across the internet by various sources.
However exclusive  ClaretandHugh inquiries have revealed the deal is unlikely to happen despite the fact the Irons being strongly attracted to it. 

A highly placed Upton Park source said: “We are told he’s the best young player in South America but the club want £5 million plus a 50 per cent sell on fee when he becomes a world superstar.
“He’s already made around 25 first team starts at 17 years old but we don’t have the cash to pay £5 million for a future star. We have limited funds which we have to use on this season’s campaign.
“But we would love to do it although it’s a huge gamble for a 17 year old and with a 50 per cent sell on clause it’s almost like paying £10 million for the lad.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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