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“Like a New Signing” Hammer Returns Early to Impress Lopetegui

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Andy Irving is set to join the West Ham squad tomorrow as players not involved in international duty report to Rush Green for pre-season training.

Last September, West Ham acquired the Scottish midfielder from Austrian Bundesliga side Klagenfurt for a reported fee of £1.5 million. However, the transfer was not officially announced by either club. The official confirmation came from the Austrian Football Association’s website, with Irving being loaned back to the Austrian club for the remainder of the season.

In March, Irving shared his experience with the Edinburgh Evening News, saying, “I heard about the possibility from my agents about 10 days before the window shut. It was a lot to take in, having games to focus on too, but of course, it’s something every kid dreams about. I was buzzing, as were my family.”

“Travelling to London was a bit chaotic. It was during the time when UK control towers were down, so flying to Brussels and then driving with my agent to London wasn’t exactly the easiest—but it was definitely worth it, absolutely.

“I believe that I can go to West Ham and show my quality. It’s a challenge I’m very excited for. I understand the level that I’m going to, and it’s up to me to show that I can play at that level.”

Irving has an excellent opportunity to impress new head coach Julen Lopetegui who has pledged to give everyone a chance too impress.

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