The Irons look certain to offer on loan wing back Pablo Armero a permanent deal at the end of the season despite the fact he still has to make a first appearance.
Armero – on loan from Napoli – has been impressing both the manager and players in training since arriving and is still patiently awaiting his chance of first team action.
His attitude has – unsurprisingly – been firmly noted by Sam Allardyce who admires players who are ready to keep their heads down and work hard in order to make an impact.
And despite not having an option to buy in their loan arrangement the Londoners are ready to pay around £3 million for a player who cost Napoli four million euros in 2013.
Allardyce is unready to change a team that has won the last four matches but Armero is right in line to step in at some time soon.
George McCartney is 33 in April and Armero has been indentified as a long term replacement.
The player’s likely personal terms of around £40,000 a week are not a problem to the Lomdoners.
A source told ClaretandHugh exclusively: “Pablo is a very impressive young man and already very well liked in the dressing room.
“He has kept his head down and showed great ability on the training pitch and looks a good long term prospect and he understands that it’s tricky changing a winning team!”