JAN 00] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Peruvians Join Coventry City
'The Entertainers' Coventry City have
pulled off another major double transfer coup by signing the most
prolific and exciting young striker in South American football along
with the full international left back of Peru.
The Highfield Road club have captured 23 year old Peru striker ‘Cachete’
Zúñiga and his club and international team mate Walter Zevallos from
FBC Melgar for a combined fee of £1.5 million.
Zúñiga has just won the 'Golden Boot Award' for all of South
America after notching 32 goals in just 26 games in his first season
in top flight football. He starred for his country in the Copa America
tournament and has won eight full caps this year.
Twenty-two year old Zevallos is a fast left fullback and also a
Coventry have applied for a work permit for Zúñiga, but Zevallos
carries a Spanish passport and it therefore automatically eligible for
Premiership football. The two are expected to arrive at the club next
Coventry Chairman Bryan Richardson said the club had hired former
Argentine World cup star Rene Houseman as their chief scout for South
"These are exceptionally exciting signings and we have had
to fight off interest from South American and Italian clubs. We have
been tracking Zúñiga for several months and have been very excited
by what we have seen of him. We are convinced both will do very well
in the Premiership.
"Brazil are Argentina are very well covered by international
scouts but there is a lot of talent in all the other South American
countries and we have to move quickly to take advantage.
"I think the signings show the level of our ambition. We
want to take the club forward by signing exciting players. We did
that this summer with our two Moroccans Youssef Chippo and Moustapha
Hadji, plus of course Robbie Keane and will look anywhere for the
"We are doing well at present and now is the time to buy.
These players will come into a confident squad and that will make it
all the easier for them to settle in at the club."