Deportivo La Coruna made their final move of the transfer window on deadline day when they completed a loan move for Watford goalkeeper, Costel Pantilimon.
In what was one of the strangest situations of the last few days, news of the deal started to break as Pantilimon was sat on the bench for Romania during their World Cup qualifying victory over Armenia. Depor striker, Florin Andone was also involved in the game, playing the full 90 minutes as Romania scored a stoppage time winner to keep their World Cup dreams alive.
Pantilimon has been playing in England since 2011 when he joined Manchester City from Politehnica Timisoara. He struggled to make a big impact in Manchester and moved to Sunderland in 2014. His best spell in England came in the North East with Sunderland when he made 49 appearances for the Black Cats. Again he lost his place in the team which led to a move to London with Watford where once again he was used mostly as a back up.
Pantilimon stands at six foot eight inches and should be a good addition to the Deportivo squad who have been crying out for a new goalkeeper all summer. He has been capped 25 times by his native Romania and at 30 years old he is a good age for a goalkeeper. It remains to be seen whether he will go straight into the starting eleven or not but it looks like Pepe Mel will give him a chance to prove himself sooner rather than later.
Source: La Liga News