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Valeri Bojinov linked with surprise West Ham transfer

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West Ham have made a surprise move to sign former Manchester City flop Valeri Bojinov and the striker has travelled to England to hold talks with the club over a possible free transfer, according to the Daily Mail.

Bojinov has been playing in Bulgaria for Levski Sofia but missed the side’s 2-1 win last weekend to fly to London in order to discuss a possible short-term deal with the Hammers.

West Ham are keen to add even more firepower to their squad following the injury to Andy Carroll, which is expected to keep him out of action until November.

Teenage sensation

Bojinov burst onto the football scene as a 15-year-old making his senior debut for Italian side Lecce just a month short of his 16th birthday. His early rise in stature and star performances drew glowing reviews and comparisons to Wayne Rooney, then at Everton.

He got his big move in 2005 at the tender age of 18, when he moved to Fiorentina and scored eight goals in 36 appearances for the club.

The Bulgarian international also spent some time on loan at Italian giants Juventus before securing his move to the blue half of Manchester in 2007 where he was expected to reach his full potential.

Troubled past

The 28-year-old only managed 12 appearances in three years at City, with his time at the Etihad Stadium marred by knee and Achilles injuries.

The striker was loaned to Parma and eventually signed a permanent deal with the Italian side in 2010, but was often used as a substitute and struggled to recover from his injury problems.

He then moved to Sporting Lisbon a year later but his time with the Portuguese outfit did not go to plan either.

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Bojinov struggled to claim his place in the side and just six months into his spell with the club he astonishingly wrestled the ball from their designated penalty taker and missed a potential match winning spot-kick late on in a crucial cup game.

This sparked outrage amongst the fans and coaching staff which resulted in the player being banned from the club.

He subsequently had several loan spells with Italian clubs before he returned to his home nation, however he has not showed the form he is capable of at Levski.

Potential

Bojinov may not have had a great few years but he will be keen to prove to himself and the world that he still possesses the ability that saw him labelled as a star at just 15.

Also he has unfinished business in England after his underwhelming spell at City. His stature and skill set seem a good fit for the Premier League but he must stay fit and get a consistent run of games in order to recapture his form.

He could prove to be a shrewd addition to the Hammers on a free, who have already added strikers Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate and Diafra Sakho to their ranks.

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