DONCASTER Rovers snapped up £1 million French striker Frederic Piquionne on loan from West Ham this morning in time for tonight’s crunch match at Nottingham Forest - subject to clearance.
The 6ft 2in 33-year-old has joined Rovers initially for a month but could stay longer depending on how the move works out for both parties.
Piquionne has made 21 first team appearances for the Hammers this season but recently fell out of favour although he has been scoring goals regularly in the reserves.
He reportedly rejected offers to join Fulham and Sunderland in the January transfer window to stay and battle for his place in the West Ham side.
But now he has signed for Rovers he said he is ready to throw himself into the relegation fight.
He said: “I have been in involved in scraps like that before at some of my previous clubs and I’m ready.
“I hope to score goals and do my best for the club.
“In my head I’m a warrior and I will fight to keep Doncaster in the Championship.”
Piquionne’s previous clubs include Saint-Etienne, Monaco and Portsmouth where he played in the 2010 FA Cup final before joining the Hammers for a reputed £1 million just under two years ago.
Manager Dean Saunders said: “He’s a player we’ve been after for a while and it’s a big signing for us.
“Obviously Willie McKay has been involved and it’s helped that he is good friends with Lamine Diatta.
“I want to thank West Ham as well for helping us with the wages otherwise we would never have been able to afford to sign him.”
Piquionne is available to play in tonight’s match but there is a clause in the deal which does not allow him to play at West Ham on Saturday.
He is expected to make his home debut in Rovers next match at the Keepmoat in the rearranged game against Reading next Tuesday night.