Paraguay duo to sign

PUBLISHED: 11:41 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola expects to complete a deal to sign Paraguay duo Juan Aguilar and Nelson Amarillo after the youngsters joined West Ham on trial

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola expects to complete a deal to sign Paraguay duo Juan Aguilar and Nelson Amarillo after the youngsters joined West Ham on trial this week.

The South American pair, who have represented Paraguay at Under-19 level, trained with Wigan last summer but were unable to finalise a switch to the JJB Stadium.

But their hopes of a move to the Premier League were rekindled this month when Hammers technical director Gianluca Nani arranged to bring them in on trial.

Both players have since impressed Zola and are poised to sign permanent deals at Upton Park this month.

The Hammers manager revealed that a deal for the talented prospects would match the club's ambition to scour the globe for top youngsters and develop them in East London.

He said: "The project is to make a team capable of a high level. We cannot compete by spending £200m so we have to do it through getting young players.

"Not all the time we will be looking abroad. We have good young English players here like Freddie Sears and Mark Noble and we are trying to improve them."

Amarilla is a 21-year-old defender, while Aguilar (pictured) is a 19-year-old midfielder.

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