Boca Juniors playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme could be joining the Premier League with West Ham Unkted at the front of the queue, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Argentine is out of contract at Boca and had looked certain to be moving to Brazilian side Flamengo.
He has stalled on the Brazilian club’s offer, though, because of interest from elsewhere in South America and other European sides.
Riquelme has also received an offer from an unnamed English club, believed to be the Hammers.
Diego Maradona refused to pick Riquelme for the World Cup after a falling out with the former Villarreal midfielder.
The other South American teams are said to be Cruzeiro from Brazil, Mexico’s Atlas and Boca’s rivals Racing Club de Avellaneda.
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail have also linked the hammers with a move for Richard Wright as a replacement for Robert Green.
Wright turned out at the Boleyn Ground in 2007 and has just been released by Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town.
Avram Grant is reported to want to make the 32-year-old his second signing since taking over at the East London outfit as he prepares to lose first-choice Green.
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