Ali eyed by Hammers
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Zitouni is one of the brightest talents in North African football, and his efforts have caught the eye of West Ham`s scouts.
Hammers boss Glenn Roeder has already invited the Esperance man to East London.
Planetfootball.com understands that Zitouni met Roeder and took a tour of Upton Park and West Ham`s training ground, during his visit to London.
The personal touch clearly had an impact on Zitouni, as he informed his advisors that life in London is an appealing option.
Roeder is mulling over whether or not to launch a bid during January`s transfer window, but he may face competition from elsewhere in Europe.
A scrum of teams have cast admiring glances the way of Zitouni, and could step in if Roeder fails to firm up his interest.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is planning to step in for Stephen Hughes if West Ham do not offer him a contract.
The midfielder linked up for a trial with The Hammers after leaving Watford, but now has Pompey looking at him.