West Ham have announced the signing of Cheikhou Kouyate for an undisclosed fee, with the player putting pen to paper on a 4-year contract.
Kouyate told the clubs official website: ”I am very happy, because today West Ham have given me the chance to play in the Premier League. So I’m very happy to join such a club and that gives me great pleasure.
“I know a few players who were also at the club, [Carlos] Tevez, Demba [Ba], Andy Carroll, who was obviously here last season. West Ham are a team who are known and who are going to help me to progress. For my part, I’m going to try to do great things here and try to improve further still as a player.
“That I’m here now is thanks to the manager, because he went out of his way, leaving his holiday for me, so he has done everything he could for me to join the club. He, my advisers and agents helped me make the right decision and said West Ham was the ideal club for me, because as a kid I dreamed of playing in the Premier League and now it’s here that my dream has been realised.”
The club have had fight of a host of clubs across Europe (including Arsenal and Valencia) to sign the player, which goes to show how much work was put in by the owners and manager to get this deal done.
An excellent signing, and with the news that we kick off our campaign against rivals Spurs at Upton Park, I’m sure there are many fans like myself who cannot wait for the season to start!