Upton Park secure cut price trio.
The signings of Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne and Tal Ben-Haim completed an eventful day for West Ham yesterday.
The former Portsmouth defender Ben-Haim, 28, was picked up for free by the Hammers while striker Piquionne, 31, followed, signing for £1m on a three-year deal from Lyon. It is believed that the veteran Frenchman will be receiving £40,000 a week for his services after a successful season on loan with Portsmouth last season.
The third, and most complicated, signing for new manager Avram Grant was the Mexican international Barrera. The club announced on Thursday that the winger would join Upton Park on a four-year contract, pending a work permit, before yesterday securing a £4 m transfer from Mexican Premier League side UNAM Pumas. (Independent)
Pablo Barrera – A promising pint sized speedy winger who can deliver a good cross and has an eye for goal.
Frederic Piquionne – 31 year old somewhat inconsistent performer who had a good season at struggling Portsmouth last term. Will be hoping to have more service at the Hammers than he did at Pompey.
Tal Ben-Haim – Solid, if occasionally flat footed, adaptable defender. Arguably more effective as right back.