West Ham have confirmed the appointment of Gianluca Nani as the club's new technical director.
Italian appointed as the club's new technical director
West Ham United have confirmed the appointment of Gianluca Nani as the club's new technical director.
The Hammers have been scouring the world for a person to fill the newly created role, which will become a pivotal position at the East London outfit.
Nani held a similar role at Brescia since 1999 but he has been lured to the English capital by West Ham chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson, and will take up his new post in June.
A statement on the club's official website
read: "His responsibilities include being in charge of all aspects of technical development - such as the youth academy, transfers and improving training facilities.
"Nani will start his new role full-time in June but has already begun working with [manager] Alan Curbishley on identifying potential transfer targets for the summer.
"An English speaker, who is fluent in Spanish and has a good knowledge of French, Nani's appointment comes after a six-month search by the board and the manager to find a suitable candidate capable of helping the club move forward on the domestic and European stage.
"Nani's roles at West Ham United will include: enhancing the international scouting network, working with Alan Curbishley and the board on all transfers, developing the youth academy with Tony Carr and improving all aspects of the training ground facilities."