West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce seems to have got his thinking hat on over another obsure transfer according to the Sun with Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso linked with a move to the club.
Alonso has been on trial with the club for the past week and is expected to sign for the side on either a loan deal or short term permanent deal when the January transfer window opens. He is reportedly considered a replacement for the injured Mohamed Diame.
Here are five facts about the player to give you a better idea of what he’s all about.
1) He is 27-years-old and five feet 11 inches tall. This suggests he’s at the peak of his career and his low centre of gravity, due to being relatively small, means he should be quick and can change position rapidly.
2) He is a full Cuban international having played for Cuba on 16 different occasions between 2006 and 2007. He has a record of two goals during his time on the international scene.
3) He was also captain of the Cuba Under-23 team during the qualification process for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
4) He has played for three different clubs during his career; Pinar del Rio between 2005 and 2007, Charleston Battery in 2008 and the Seattle Sounders from 2009 onwards. He’s won the U.S. Open Cup three times with Seattle in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
5) He apparently defected from Cuba to the United States of America while the Cuban team was in the USA due to play against Honduras.
West Ham are yet to comment on the situation officially with no word over an official transfer or contract for the player.
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