Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Lionel Scaloni a Done Deal According to Sky

I have no problems plagairising this from Sky Sports as they seem to have nicked this directly from the Spanish website I mention in the post below.

"West Ham are to sign Deportivo La Coruna star Lionel Scaloni after missing out on Barcelona's Gabri.

The Argentine will join The Hammers on loan until the end of the season, although there will be no option to make the transfer permanent.

Alan Pardew thought he had won the chase for Gabri on Monday, but the player ultimately opted to stay at Camp Nou leaving the West Ham chief to switch his sights to another Liga performer.

Scaloni is club captain at Depor where he has been for eight years, but has found opportunities hard to come by since Joaquin Caparros took charge last summer.

His father confirmed the news Scaloni is now to play the second half of the season in England and, using less than complimentary terms, admitted the move had come as a bolt from the blue for his 27-year-old son.

"Everything is arranged with West Ham," stated Angel Scaloni.

"They confirmed it with us at midday, although we already knew about the negotiations.

"The truth is that is was a not a completely pleasant surprise, but that's football.

"After being here eight years it was just another offer, but the president (Augusto Cesar Lendoiro) was convinced by this particular offer and it satisfies the player on a sporting level as he will have the chance to play.

"He is going on loan with no option to buy as long as there is no change in the conditions of the transfer.

"He was very happy in La Coruna where the people treated him very well, but the life of a professional footballer has these things and he did not have much chance under Caparros at Deportivo.""

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