Having enjoyed the services of the old Robbie Keane for the second half of their ill-fated 2010-2011 season, West Ham have acquired young Irish striker Sean Maguire, dubbed the new Robbie Keane, from League of Ireland side Waterford United for an undisclosed fee. It’s rumoured to be somewhere around the £400k mark.
The 18-year old Maguire is coming off an excellent season with Waterford, during which he scored 12 goals in 24 league games and was nominated for the Young Player of the Year. Having sufficiently impressed Sam Allardyce during a trial at Upton Park, Maguire secured the dream move and will now look forward to getting some game time this season.
Although it is highly unlikely he will go straight in to the match day squad for this weekend’s FA Cup game against Manchester United, we should see him getting some game time between now and the end of the season. More on Sean Maguire from the Irish Examiner, here.
Will he be the new Robbie Keane or will he be able to score more than 1 in every 50 one-on-ones with goalkeepers? Here he is scoring for the Ireland U-19s in March of 2012.