Official: Racing Santander Confirm Signing Of Defender Waldo Ponce

Racing Santander confirm loan deal for Chilean international Waldo Ponce from Universidad Catolica.
Primera Division side Racing Santander have confirmed the signing of Chilean defender Waldo Ponce from Universidad Catolica, the club have confirmed.

The 27-year old international has arrived in Cantabria on a season-long loan deal, and the Verdiblancos have inserted a purchase option into the deal, allowing them to clinch a permanent transfer for a fee in the region of €600,000.

Ponce is likely to be the last addition in the current transfer window for coach Miguel Angel Portugal, meaning his squad for the 2010-11 season is finalised.

The no-nonsense stopper has been capped 29 times by La Roja and was included in their provisional World Cup squad for South Africa, but missed out on a place in the final 23 for the tournament.

Racing have been in the hunt for defensive cover, and Barcelona exposed their frailties by strolling to a 3-0 at El Sardinero on the opening day of the season, courtesy of goals from Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and David Villa.

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