West Ham challenge England for Baldini

West Ham United may challenge the England FA for former Roma sports chief Franco Baldini.

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Baldini is wanted by Fabio Capello for his new England backroom team, but the Independent says he is also a candidate for the Hammers' newly-created position of technical director. AC Milan South American chief Leonardo is also on West Ham's shortlist.

West Ham are in advanced plans to appoint a technical director, with a background in European football, to work alongside manager Alan Curbishley and oversee the building of a new training ground and overhaul the club's medical and physiotherapy departments. The new man will also be expected to create a world-wide scouting network to rival that of Arsenal and Manchester United.

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