West Ham after Becks and Ronaldinho
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 25 Jul 2010 13:51:00
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West Ham United have been sounded out over the possibility of acquiring David Beckham and Brazilian forward Ronaldinho, according to various Sunday newspapers.

The Hammers appear absolutely determined to sign a so-called superstar this summer and have allegedly been offered the 30 year old AC Milan player, who failed to make Brazil's 23 man squad at the World Cup finals, for a fee of £6million.

It has been no secret that co-owner David Sullivan was hatching a plan to sign Beckham and his fellow partner Gold rates the 35-year old midfielder as the ideal ambassador to help West Ham win the right to move into the Olympic venue.

"David Beckham could play a massive part, because of his roots, in helping West Ham win the Olympic Stadium," Gold told the Sunday Express.

"And maybe he can still play for us in the autumn of his career. For him to join a club like us and help us bring another dream to fruition would be perfect for everyone. We want him aboard."

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The race to sign Ronaldinho, however is far from complete. His future is in doubt for the Italian giants, for whom his stellar performances have been few and far between. Milan's eccentric owner, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, insists the Ronaldinho is not for sale and new San Siro boss Massimiliano Allegri says the playmaker is still very much part of his plans.

Yet the Rossoneri may well decide to cash in on their man as he has just a year left on his current contract.

The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year would fill West Ham's desire to sign a world icon and they have shown willingness to shell out big wages for the right man after failing in moves already this summer for Thierry Henry, Miroslav Klose and Joe Cole. They have also been reported as happy to splash out £13million for French striker Loic Remy.

Ronaldinho is thought to earn about £150,000 a week and would still expect at least £90,000 a week if he is to move, despite a waning profile. Whether West Ham have the money to fund this remains to be seen.


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