Hammers linked with Ipsa

12 November 2010 12:49
FC Midtjylland right-back Kristijan Ipsa has claimed he is attracting interest from Premier League side West Ham.[LNB] The 24-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances for the Danish side over the past couple of years and claims the Hammers are keen to strike a deal.[LNB]However, the Croatian accepts he would be unable to obtain a work permit at the current time because he has never played at senior international level.[LNB]Ipsa is therefore prepared to take on a new nationality with Slovenia, who unlike Croatia are members of the European Union.[LNB]Such a move would increase the chances of Ipsa joining Avram Grant's side, while he would also like to play for Slovenia.[LNB]"Because I haven't played any games for the Croatian senior team and because I'm not an EU citizen, my transfer to West Ham United wasn't completed," the former Energie Cottbus player told Nogomania. [LNB]"That is why I'm thinking about becoming a Slovenian citizen. Slovenia is my second home, my grandmother is from Slovenia and I regularly visit this country. [LNB]"A few years ago I didn't get a new passport, but now I am again working towards this goal and things are looking pretty good. [LNB]"Would I also like to play for Slovenia? Why not. I was never called to the Croatian national team even though I was captain of the Under-21 team. [LNB]"But let's not talk too much about this. If I do get Slovenian citizenship, then I could start to think about playing for Slovenia, but the doors to the Croatian national team are obviously closed for me."

Source: Team_Talk