Faubert finalises Madrid switch

West Ham United can confirm that Julien Faubert has completed his loan move to Real Madrid until the end of the season.

The clubs agreed the deal on Friday - which includes the option for a permanent transfer in the summer - and the French midfielder signed for the Spanish side on Saturday after agreeing personal terms. West Ham United CEO Scott Duxbury said: "We can confirm that the deal has gone through and Julien will be with Madrid until the end of the season. This is a good move for all parties and we wish Julien well."

The 25-year-old Faubert's departure coincides with the arrival of Czech Republic midfielder Radoslav Kovac after Savio signed earlier in the week. First team coach Steve Clarke suggested Kovac would bring much to the squad and hinted that there was a possibility of further strengthening.

Clarke said: "Kovac will bring experience. He gives us more depth in the squad. We have lost a few players in the transfer window so he brings us depth and experience. We have got a young squad and he can help us to develop the players. He is a good addition.

"The transfer window is close to closing and the quicker it gets to Monday evening the better. We may look to bring one more in before it closes. It would give us more depth in the squad but if it doesn't happen then we are happy with what we have got."