Former £9 million West Ham flop gets 'new start' in German fourth division

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West Ham fans will know the name Savio Nsereko well. Here's what he's up to nowadays...

Savio Nsereko was a player who had it all, and lost it all. Quite literally (more later). He is only 23 but his career is on the downwards slope, and his fall has been as rapid as his ascent.

The player more commonly known as Savio, at Brescia, the club from which they signed him. Savio was only 19 at the time, but his goal record in Serie B was hardly astounding, three in 17 games that season.

West Ham had agree to pay £9 million for him, but that total was dependent on a number of increments which it's safe to say weren't met, but even so the Hammers paid out a big figure, which was confirmed by vice-chairman Karren Brady last year.

She said: "Just before this board took over, the club paid a huge amount to Brescia for the German Under 21 who took part in a handful of matches and then departed for Fiorentina at a fraction of the price. The deal is something I'm investigating."

Savio has had a chequered few years which entail staging a fake abduction in Thailand, going missing from his club in Germany and having Interpol involved in looking for him, and losing a large amount of money gambling. 

He was earning around £50,000 a week at the Hammers, which he said he spent on everything from cars, women, clothes, and even a private jet to LA.

The abduction episode was his low point - he had faked it to get cash sent to him from a family member, and ended up arrested and spending three weeks in a Thai jail - That was just last October.

He has led a largely unsuccessful career on the pitch too, with spells in seven different countries, including Bulgaria and Romania.

The striker - a former German youth teammate of Borussia Dortmund's Lars Bender - has now found a new club; in the German fourth division.

The deal was announced yesterday, that Nsereko had agreed to join minnows Viktoria Cologne.

Asked last month where it all went wrong - he pointed unsurprisingly to his spell with the Hammers: "London was the sticking point. From there, it took me all downhill. I made ​​bulls**t and I still never really got off the ground."

He will hope his latest move signals a fresh start, but he has been here before. It is a step down from his previous club, third division Spielvereinigung Unterhaching.

You'd think the only way is up, but the sad reality is it could get much worse for him, and he needs real help in rebuilding his career if he is to remain in one at all. Good luck to him.

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