Official: Radoslav Kovac Joins West Ham United
The Czech defender has moved to east London on loan for the rest of the season, West Ham have confirmed this evening...
West Ham United have this evening confirmed that they have signed Czech Republic international Radoslav Kovac on loan until the end of the season from Russian side Zenit St-Petersburg.
The player, who will wear the number 14 shirt for the Hammers is a powerful central midfielder who can also use his 6'3" height in the centre of the defence. He has been Zenit's skipper, and has represented his nation at both the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.
"I've spent four great years at Spartak but now it's time for a change," the 29-year-old told Spartak's website today, before stressing that he was unlikely to be lonely in England.
"I have the phone numbers of my former Spartak team mates (Manchester United defender) Nemanja Vidic and (Tottenham Hotspur striker) Roman Pavlyuchenko so I can get in touch with them in England."
Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola was clearly delighted to have added a player of genuine international quality to his squad.
"I am pleased to have Radoslav here," the Italian told West Ham's official website.
"He has a lot of experience with the national team and he will give us competition in a midfield that is already very strong. I am sure he will help us with what we are trying to achieve this season."
West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury was also able to confirm that the Hammers will have the option of making the deal a permanent one in the summer.
"I am delighted that we have managed to secure the services of a proven international like Radoslav ahead of interest from clubs at home and abroad. He brings considerable quality and will fit right into Gianfranco Zola's talented squad," Duxbury revealed, also to West Ham's website.
"The deal is such that the manager will be able to sign him permanently in th esummer if he so wishes."