West Ham sign Argentina's Tevez and Mascherano

August 31, 2006

LONDON -- West Ham United have signed Argentina's World Cup stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Brazilian club Corinthians on permanent deals.

The Premier League club said on its official Web site on Thursday that "the pair have been signed for an undisclosed fee and put pen to paper on permanent contracts with the club this afternoon".

West Ham said all other aspects of the transfers will remain confidential and undisclosed."

The transfers represent a huge coup for West Ham, who have beaten off some of Europe's biggest clubs to secure the services of the two Argentines who played in the World Cup this summer.

Striker Tevez and midfielder Mascherano are in London with the Argentina squad for Sunday's friendly international against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium.