Thursday, December 22, 2005


Katan Work Permit approved

Yaniv Katan's work permit application has been approved and, presumably, only awaits the outcome of a medical examination before signing for West Ham.

Alan Pardew said, "He can play left side of three up front, on the right and through the middle. He is quick and has got bags of experience for a 24-year-old."

However, Pardew said the Israeli will have to fight for his place. "He's coming into a big pool. I made it clear he won't get an automatic start."

"I know he is a sound character through Yossi, so that helps and reassures you. I think he will settle quickly and Yossi will help him," he said. "If Yossi was having problems settling here the Katan deal might not have happened. Yossi has been fantastic for us. Katan is a different style of player, but if he can make the same sort of impact it would be great."

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