Javier Mascherano (Midfielder)
8th Jun 1984 (San Lorenzo)Signed:
31st Aug 2006 (£0)Contract:
Details unknownPrevious Club:
Javier Mascherano was one half of the 2006 deadline day transfer deal that rocked football.
Along with fellow Argentinian international Carlos Tevez, the young midfielder joined the Hammers in a deal best described as shady - not that that fact could spoil the delight of many thousands of Hammers fans across the globe.
The tough-tackling Argentinian - who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics as part of the successful national side - first made a name for himself at River Plate, before moving on to Brazilian club Corinthians in a $15m deal in 2005.
Mascherano became globally reknowned after some excellent performances at the heart of his nation's midfielder during the 2006 World Cup Finals.