Hammers in new Spanish move
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham are pursuing Deportivo La Coruna's Lionel Scaloni after missing out on Gabri.
West Ham insist a deal for Lionel Scaloni is yet to be completed, although admit the Deportivo La Coruna defender is one of two players they are pursuing ahead of Tuesday's transfer deadline.
Sources in Spain are insistent that the Argentine international will move to Upton Park on loan until the end of the season, and the player's father claims the move has been agreed.
However, The Hammers have yet to agree terms with the 27-year-old who has been with Depor for the past eight years.
Alan Pardew moved for Scaloni after seeing his pursuit of Barcelona star Gabri end in failure on Tuesday with the player opting to see out the remainder of his contract at Camp Nou.
It now appears that Scaloni could instead be the man to reinforce The Hammers' squad with The South American's father adamant his son will end up in England.
"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."