West Ham seek to lure Leonardo away from AC Milan

West Ham United are planning to lure Leonardo away from AC Milan to become the club's new football director.

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The Mirror says Leonardo, 38 has been interviewed by West Ham's Icelandic owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and chairman Eggert Magnusson who want to appoint someone to work alongside manager Alan Curbishley.

Former AC Milan and Valencia star Leonardo would be a surprise appointment but West Ham approached him for his contacts in South America - and he speaks perfect English.

Gudmundsson wants a director of football to work alongside Curbishley to oversee transfers, negotiations and scouting.

Magnusson was taking a hands-on role but after a string of expensive signings and huge contracts he has taken a backward step and the club want to install a new man. Curbishley insists he has no problem with the plan.

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