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Released Taricco moves to West Ham

Glenn Hoddle

LONDON, England -- Argentine defender Mauricio Taricco has joined West Ham after being freed by Premier League Tottenham Hotspur.

Taricco, who has not played for Tottenham this season, trained with West Ham for the first time on Friday morning after signing a deal with the Championship side.

The 31-year-old Taricco is one of the longest-serving foreign players in English football, having joined Ipswich from Argentine side Argentinos Juniors in 1994.

Taricco moved to Tottenham in October 1998 when he became the first signing of then manager George Graham for £1.75 million ($3.25 million).

He was a first team regular under Glenn Hoddle and then for caretaker manager David Pleat last season, notching up 156 games and two goals..

But Taricco did not figure in recently-departed French manager Jacques Santini's plans. He missed the start of the season through injury and then suspension, but was not included in the squad when he became available.

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