£9m West Ham flop Savio Nsereko's debut with obscure Bulgarian club hits a bump

Savio Nsereko is now plying his trade for Beroe Stara Zagora ... well, maybe.

When Gianfranco Zola spent £9 million, according to the Daily Mail, on 19-year-old German youth international Savio Nsereko in January 2009 he became the club's record signing. But after just ten games for The Hammers he failed to score and left for Fiorentina.

His time in Florence was also poor. 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.

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, according to Metro.

At the end of 2013 the West Ham flop was dealt a lifeline from an unlikely location - Kazakhstan.

Nsereko signed for Kazakh Premier League side FC Atyrau in December 2013 and it proved to be a moderate hit. He scored a sensational goal on his debut. It was his first goal in professional football since he netted as a teenager for Brescia, against Pisa, in January 2009!

He was player of the month in the Kazakh Premier League back in March but at the end of the season he did not renew his deal with the club and went to undergo a trial period at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala back in July.

That deal never came to fruition and now he is back in Bulgaria, where things have hit something of a snag.

He joined Bulgarian side Beroe Stara Zagora earlier this month after a successful trial period and made his debut in the Bulgarian Cup match against Ludogorets Razgrad on the 15th February.

Now it has become clear that he should not have played in that fixture. A report in Focus-Sport states that Beroe manager Petar Hubchev has confirmed that he missed the second leg at the weekend, as he is still contracted to Atyrau.

However his Bulgarian adventure is not over yet. Hubchev also confirmed that he should be signed on in time for the game with Lokomotiv Plovdiv at the weekend.

Yet another bizarre twist in the career of this former West Ham record holder, who at 25-years-old, has already done more than most veterans have in their careers.

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