West Ham eye Chilean international Pinilla

West Ham United are said to be in a two-horse race to sign well-travelled Cagliari marksman Mauricio Pinilla.

Former Hearts striker Mauricio Pinilla is reportedly a target for West Ham and Turkish side Bursaspor and the two clubs could do battle for his services.

The 30-year-old has played for a vast number of clubs since leaving Club Universidad de Chile for Europe in 2003 when he initially signed for Italian giants Inter.

That move didn't work out and Pinilla never wore the Nerazzurri shirt, beginning a long series of transfers, including two spells at Hearts - on loan in 2006-07 and permanently during the 2007-08 campaign - neither of which will be remembered by most fans.

Pinilla's best scoring form has come at current club Cagliari where he has 14 goals in 49 games since signing permanently in 2012 after an impressive loan period in which he netted eight in 14.

Despite having 30 caps to his name, Pinilla, who has previously retired from the international game and recanted, was something of a surprise selection for Chile's World Cup squad this summer.

But the Santiago native was very nearly the hero when his 119th minute shot against Brazil hit the bar with the game at 1-1 - an incident he later had tattooed onto his body for posterity.

According to Sky Italia, Cagliari are ready to let Pinilla leave during a summer of turbulence at the Sardinian club, who have seen owner Massimo Cellino sell and buy up Leeds.

Reports suggest that West Ham are ready to make a move, but they could face competition from Bursaspor of Turkey, who have also made enquiries.

Should they decide to table an offer, West Ham would be favourites to get their man because they are likely to have greater financial resources and prestige than upwardly mobile Bursaspor.

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