Taricco Signs

  • by Gordon Thrower
  • Friday, 19th November 2004

West Ham have today completed the much-rumoured signing of Argentinian defender Mauricio Taricco from Tottenham.

The free transfer deal will keep the 31 year-old defender at the Boleyn until the end of the 2005/06 season.

Taricco was George Graham's first signing for Tottenham when he joined from Ipswich Town in November 1998 for a reported fee of in excess of ?1.75m. He had spent the previous four years with the Tractor Boys and was recently linked with a possible return to Portman Road.

The right-back, nicknamed "Treacle", is noted for his tough tackling and Hammers fans may remember his confrontation with Glen Johnson at the last time the two sides met at the Boleyn.

Taricco made over 150 appearances for Tottenham but had not featured in the side this season. He will go straight into the squad to face Millwall at the New Den on Sunday.

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