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The Napoli fullback is headed to England to join up with the Hammers

West Ham has signed Napoli fullback Pablo Armero on loan until the end of the season, the Italian club has confirmed.

The Colombia international only moved to Napoli a year ago, initially on loan before signing permanently in the summer, but has fallen out of favor under Rafa Benitez.

The 27-year-old, though, had excelled at previous club Udinese, registering 12 assists in the 2011/12 season – only three players, Andrea Pirlo, Fabrizio Miccoli and Sebastian Giovinco, managed more.

West Ham has moved to sign the versatile left-sided player in a bid to bolster a defense that has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks.

Napoli, having secured a deal for Faouzi Ghoulam, confirmed the deal on its official website: “At the same time the SSC Napoli sold Pablo Armero on loan at West Ham until June of this year.”

Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis tweeted: “Good luck Pablo, thanks for your valuable contribution.”

Sam Allardyce has already raided Serie A twice before in the January window, bringing Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello to east London from AC Milan and Roma respectively.

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