West Ham United have been linked with a move for philanthropic midfielder Mario Lemina.

The Southampton star has long been linked with a move to West Ham both before and since joining the Saints.

The likes of Sky Sports and talkSPORT claimed Manuel Pellegrini wanted Lemina at West Ham last summer.

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Super Mario a longstanding Hammers target

Gossip columns have linked the former Juventus man with the East Londoners again this window.

And it appears the Hammers would be getting a philanthropic business brain as well as a talented midfielder for their money if they do push through a move.

Lemina is behind French start-up Ballin FC, a mobile application that seeks to help young players become professional footballers (Get Football News France).

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Brentford to benefit from West Ham’s target’s start-up?

And according to GFNF they have organised their first trial today where they will have the chance to be spotted by scouts from some of Europe’s top teams including Liverpool, Juventus and Inter Milan.

Also attending will be West Ham’s fellow London club Brentford.

 

The Bees have had great success bringing over lesser known talents from France in recent seasons.

The most recent example is Brentford’s red hot forward Neal Maupay.

The 22-year-old ended the season with 28 goals for Brentford.

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West Ham should get involved too

And the former France Under 2o international even saw himself linked with a move to West Ham (ExWHUemployee – as reported by This is Futbol) in January.

Lemina’s Ballin FC is a sports technology initiative which specialises in data and video analysis for football. The scheme then selects the trial participants based on empirical information.

As a result Brentford and co could get their pick of the ‘best of the rest’ young players France has to offer.

Perhaps West Ham should follow up their reported interest in Lemina by sending director of football Mario Husillos and his scouts across the channel to attend today’s trial.

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