Lionel Scaloni (Defender)
16th May 1978 (Rosario)Signed:
31st Jan 2006 (£0)Contract:
Details unknownPrevious Club:
Deportivo La Coruna (Loan - season)
Alan Pardew loves to pull a rabbit out of the hat - the signing of the Argentinian international on the last day of the January transfer window being the perfect example.
Whilst the world and his wife waited for news on deals for players such as Barcelona's Gabri and Tottenham's Stephen Kelly, Pardew quietly arranged the capture of a player with plenty of Champions League and international experience under his belt, thereby ensuring the Hammers wouldn't have to face the ridiculous prospect of playing half a season without a recognised right-back.
27-year-old Scaloni joined the Hammers after finding his first-team options at Deportivo limited. An Argentinian international, he is looking for regular football in an attempt to make the Argentinian squad for this summer's World Cup Finals.