The return of Savio Nserenko


SavioFormer Hammer Savio Nserenko has returned to professional football after a year in the German amateur football wilderness.

The 27-year-old has signed FC Pipinsried who are in the fifth tier of German football.

In 2012 Karren Brady announced that West Ham had begun an investigation into the reported £8.3 million transfer of Savio Nsereko from Brescia in January 2009.  Five years on we are still none the wiser exactly what went on.

savio-682_1377330aSavio made just one Premier League start during a seven-month spell at West Ham “The deal is something I’m investigating,” Brady said in her Diary column in the Sun in November 2012. “Just before this board took over, the club paid a huge amount to Brescia for the German Under-21 who took part in a handful of matches and then departed for Fiorentina at a fraction of the price.”

Savio was once hailed “the talent of the century” in German football circles, when Savio Nsereko won the 2008 European Youth Championship under coach Horst Hrubesch.

He was sold to Fiorentina for a reduced fee of £3m, with Manuel da Costa going the other way as part of the deal. West Ham retained a 50 percent sell-on fee. Manuel Da Costa was later sold by West Ham for 1.5 million Euros.

Savio never broke into Fiorentina’s first team and joined 1860 München on a season loan in 2010; the loan agreement was however cancelled in October, after the player was reported missing for a week before being found at his sister’s place.

He was later loaned to Juve Stabia but after only one game with the club, Savio was reported missing once again in 2011. Fears grew over his whereabouts after he was officially reported missing in Italy. Interpol joined the search to find the Ugandan-born German after he hadn’t been seen since texting his manager to say he wouldn’t be at training for ‘personal reasons’

This led his club to ask for an unilateral rescission of the contract and he was later found in London.

Savio then moved SpVgg Unterhaching of the third division in Germany in 2012 but reports later that year claimed he called his family from Thailand telling them he had been abducted and demanding a sum of 3,000 euros (£2,400). However, police arrested him after becoming suspicious at the small ransom demand. He later claimed it was a misunderstanding.

In 2013 German website claims he stole a watch from his own team-mate, Salvatore Amirante, who was recovering from a knee injury while playing in the German regional leagues with FC Viktoria Koln.

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  • hammerman69 says:

    Nothing unusual in this. Typical West Ham signing. At the rate we are going this pre season we might take him and Marco Boogers back. Probably the only realistic signings we will be making this summer

  • bashammer11 says:

    He was probably lodging in boogers caravan. 😏

    • hammerman69 says:

      Seriously mate, we really know how to filter out the crap. The problem is we end up with the crap

    • RayStewartsRightPeg says:

      Except the Boogers caravan story was an urban myth.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    He is now known as the German Scarlet Pimpernel !!!

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