Did Valencia think they were signing Hangeland instead of Senderos?

Mestalla Valencia

Valencia completed the permanent signing of Fulham's Philippe Senderos just before the transfer window closed.

In one of the more surprising moves of the transfer window, Valencia signed Fulham defender Philippe Senderos on a permanent deal. The Swiss international's contract was due to expire at the end of the season anyway, but has joined the La Liga side.

However when Valencia announced the deal on their official Twitter page, the news was not accompanied with a picture of Senderos, but rather his teammate Brede Hangeland.

Hangeland fits the bill a bit more when it comes to signing for a major La Liga club, so was it a case of mistaken identity for Valencia when it came to the signing?

The news must have come as a bit of a surprise to Senderos as well, as it looked as if he was going to be pushed down the pecking order at Craven Cottage due to the arrival of Jonny Heitinga. Senderos had played in 12 league games for Fulham this season, but given their poor defensive record, no one would have expected the 2000 and 2001 Champions League runners-up to have come in for the former Arsenal defender.

Heitinga will most likely line up alongside Hangeland in the centre of Fulham's defence after signing a deal initially until the end of the season. He will hope to impress national boss Louis Van Gaal so he can force his way into contention for this summer's World Cup.

Senderos meanwhile will try and help elevate Valencia who are currently in 10th place in La Liga.

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