Top defender Angelo Ogbonna joined the Hammers this afternoon and immediately announced: “I know this is the right decision.”
Shortly after ClaretandHugh reported the player was completing a medical he had started last night alerted our readers the player was set to sign this afternoon.
Having done so the 27 year old former Juventus man declared: “I am delighted to have joined the lub. I wanted to play in the Premier League and am happy to be in London. My heart told me that the right decision was to play for West Ham United.
“I cannot wait to start working under Mr Bilic and with my new team-mates. I feel ready for this new adventure.”
The Hammers had seen off late bids for the player from Everton and Southampton as the Italy star stuck by his guns to sign for us.
And a source close to the negotiations said: “We had to get a top quality central defender in. The manager had said at his job interview that was his first requirement if he was to take the team on.
“The board have backed him to the hilt despite agreeing a new long term deal earlier in the year with James Tomkins who now looks to have a serious fight on his hands with James Collins for a starting spot.”