Hammers complete huge coup
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham have signed Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano for undisclosed fees.
West Ham United have completed the signings of Argentina duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Corinthians for undisclosed fees.
The pair have both agreed permanent switches to Upton Park after the club agreed a fee with the company that own the players' transfer rights, Media Sports Investments.
The Hammers have beaten off a number of the world's top clubs to bring the pair to England, including Premiership trio Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Striker Tevez and midfielder Mascherano both starred for their country at this summer's World Cup and were tipped for big-money moves to one of Europe's top sides.
However, Upton Park will now be their new destination after both players signed permanent deals on Thursday.
Tevez is labelled as Argentina's new Diego Maradona, while Mascherano is tipped to be a star on the world stage.
At 22, both players are not yet at their peak, with their best years ahead of them, and Hammers fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of the pair plying their trade under Alan Pardew.
Both players are currently involved with the national team's preparations for the friendly against Brazil at The Emirates Stadium and will now return to the Argentina camp.
Tevez and Mascherano will both be available for selection for West Ham's next game against Aston Villa next week, where increased attention will almost certainly now be focused.