West Ham flop Nsereko finally getting back on track in Kazakhstan

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Savio Nsereko is now playing his football for FC Atyrau in Kazakhstan.

West Ham broke their transfer record last summer in order to bring Andy Carroll to the club on a permanent deal from Liverpool - paying £15 million for the pleasure.

And while he has had his troubles with injury he is certainly not struggling as much as a previous holder of the record as West Ham’s most expensive signing.

Gianfranco Zola spent £9 million on 19-year-old German youth international Savio Nsereko in January 2009. But after just ten games for The Hammers he failed to score and left for Fiorentina. In that time he was consistently AWOL, out on loan and generally misbehaving at La Viola.

He spent time on loan with Bologna, Juve Stabia and 1860 Munich whilst also sampling football in Bulgaria and Romania with Chernomerets Burgas and FC Vaslui respectively.

He then moved back to Germany with SpVgg Unterhaching and eventually found himself playing for Viktoria Koln in German football’s fourth tier.

Midway through last year however, and it appeared he was getting yet another second chance - as it was being reported the player had agreed a free transfer move to Israeli side Hapoel Ironi Akko.

But despite what seemed likely to be a good deal all around it was soon announced that Nsereko had failed to earn a contract with the club.

It is not only on the pitch where he has struggled - In 2012 he spent three weeks in a Thai jail after faking a kidnapping to extort money from a family member.

At the end of last year he was dealt a lifeline from an unlikely location - Kazakhstan.

Nsereko signed for Kazakh Premier League side FC Atyrau in December 2013. And it is proving to be a success.

He got a full pre-season under his belt and announced himself onto the Kazakh scene in some style - scoring this sensational goal on his debut - his first goal in professional football since he netted as a teenager for Brescia, against Pisa, in January 2009!

Playing from the left-wing he has shone as one of the best players in the league and at only 24-years-old the former German under-20 international is finally starting to win some fans over after 10 teams, six years and six countries.

It may only be Kazakhstan - but it might be the perfect place for him to rebuild his career.

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