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Dead set on Kennedy?

Filed: Wednesday, 19th November 2003
By: Graeme Howlett

West Ham are being linked with a move for young Swedish winger Kennedy Bakircioglü, according to reports emerging from Sweden today.

Swedish radio reported this morning that Bakircioglü - a Swede of Turkish descent who currently plays for Hammarby - was in London today talking to the Hammers about a possible move. The young Swede revealed that he was contacted by West Ham a few days earlier and asked to fly to London in order to discuss a possible move.

KUMB's Scandinavian correspondent Morten revealed:

"To me, this is great news. I've seen Kennedy several times in the Swedish Premier league and he has impressed me very much as a tricky, fast winger, with excellent technique and a supplier of good crosses.

" He is exactly the kind of player we need at the moment."

Kennedy Bakircioglü: fact file

Born: 2nd November 1980
Height: 1.81m

Honours (under-21): 14 appearances
Honours (full): capped 4 times for Sweden

Career: 35 goals in 121 games for Hammarby (singed from Assyriska in 1999)

Notes: scored 51 goals in one season as a youth player; made his debut in the Swedish first division for Assyriska at 15; had trials with Manchester United and Aston Villa (where he made one appearance for the reserves).

* Those of you who play the popular computer game Championship Manager will no doubt be quite familiar with Bakircioglü, who has been one of the games star players for the past two editions.

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