Filed: Sunday, 25th August 2013
By: Staff Writer
West Ham are set to sign Honduran forward Roger Rojas on loan for the rest of the season, say reports in his native country tonight.
Rojas, 23, currently plies his trade for reigning HPNFL champions Club Deportivo Olimpia whose president, Rafael Villeda, claimed via social network Twitter on Saturday night that the striker - whose nickname is 'Rorro' - will fly to the UK tomorrow [Sunday] to complete a season-long loan.
Tegucigalpa-born Rojas - who stands just 5'8" tall and on whom Villeda says West Ham will have the option to make the deal permanent - has spent his entire career at Olimpia, for whom he has made in excess of 100 appearances and scored over 50 goals including three in his first three matches of this season.
He made his debut for Honduras in 2010 and has since gone on to represent his country 18 times - meaning that the issue of insufficient international appearances, which ended Colombian Duvan Zapata's hopes of joining West Ham, should not be an issue this time.
Rojas is understood to have told the media following last night's 1-0 win over Grills One, in which he played for 67 minutes before being substituted, that reports he was heading to England were indeed correct.
El día de mañana sale rumbo a Inglaterra Roger Rojas. Va en calidad de préstamo por un año y con opción de compra al West Ham United.— Rafael Villeda (@R_Villeda) August 24, 2013
Since David Sullivan and David Gold took control of the Club three years ago, West Ham have signed a series of South and Central Americans as varied as Ilan, Wellington Paulista, Brian Montenegro and Pablo Barrera.
Talking in his recent exclusive interview with KUMB - the second and final part of which we'll bring you this week - Sullivan revealed that the club maintain an active presence in that corner of the globe.
"We've got an agent who supplies [players] and Martin [West Ham's Head of Recruitment] has been down there two or three times on scouting missions," he explained. "We nearly signed Duvan Zapata, but we didn't think we could get a work permit."
The best of Roger Rojas, courtesy of YouTube
West Ham apply for Rojas work permit [26th Aug 2013]
Roger Rojas to join West Ham on loan? [25th Aug 2013]