Santander win race to sign Scaloni

September 13, 2006

MADRID, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Argentine midfielder Lionel Scaloni has agreed to join Racing Santander on a one-year contract, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old, who was a member of Argentina's squad at the World Cup finals in Germany, had negotiated a release from his contract with Deportivo Coruna at the end of August.

Scaloni joined Depor from Estudiantes de La Plata in 1998 and was in the side that won the league in 2000 and the King's Cup in 2002.

He dropped out of favour with coach Joaquin Caparros last year, and played the second half of the season on loan with West Ham United.

Racing narrowly avoided relegation last season and have lost their opening two league games of the new campaign.