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Top Five: Lionel Messi fails

The Toe Poke 34 minutes ago
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Jan 21, 2009

West Ham tracking Brescia winger Nsereko

West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola is interested in strengthening his squad by signing Savio Nsereko from Serie B club Brescia, according to the player's agent Dieter Heimen.

The highly-rated 19-year-old winger is attracting attention from several Italian clubs, including Napoli, but Heimen does not expect his player to move in the current transfer window.

''There are a few clubs currently knocking on the door and asking about his situation and West Ham is one of them,'' he told Sport Bild magazine.

''We have not started negotiations yet. The former general manager of Brescia, Gianluca Nani, now works at West Ham and therefore he knows him.''

In Heimen's view Brescia currently offer the player the best surroundings to further mature and improve, the club are currently third in Serie B and could go joint top of the division if they win their game in hand.

''Savio should just keep playing and carry on this run he is on, increasing his self-confidence and then we will see where we are in the summer,'' he continued. ''He is concentrating on Brescia at the moment, but you cannot rule anything out in football.''

Nsereko was born in Uganda, but his family emigrated to Germany as a youngster. He started his professional football career with 1860 Munich before joining Brescia in 2005.

He starred for the Germany Under-19 squad when they won the European Championships in the Czech Republic last summer and was voted the tournament's best player, despite missing the final due to suspension.

After a slow start to the current Serie B season, the young attacking midfielder has now claimed a regular berth in the Brescia team and helped them rise to third in the table.

Meanwhile, Hammers midfielder Julien Faubert is desperate to clinch a move to Lyon because he believes it would enhance his prospects of a return to the France squad.

The 25-year-old has revealed the Hammers are in talks with the French champions about his possible move to the Stade Gerland.

And Faubert would relish a return to French football, with his chief target being a spot in the Les Bleus squad for the World Cup in South Africa next year.

''I am crossing my fingers - the two clubs are in talks,'' the one-time France cap told Aujourd'hui Sport.

''Lyon would really be great. I would rediscover Ligue 1 and France but also the Champions League and the eyes of the national-team coach. Because my aim still remains the 2010 World Cup. I really hope this is going to sort itself out.''

If Lyon were to conclude a deal for Faubert, they would primarily be buying the former Bordeaux player so he could plug the gap at right-back left by injuries to Francois Clerc and Anthony Reveillere.

He could also be used on the right of midfield, with Sidney Govou out for the rest of the season through injury, although Lyon's preference would be a six-month loan deal.

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