West Ham United confirm signing of Adrián on a free transfer

West Ham United confirmed the signing of Real Betis goalkeeper Adrián on a free transfer and three-year deal

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Sam Allardyce's side finished 10th in the Premier League Photo: Back Page Images

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Real Betis goalkeeper Adrián on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old shot-stopper, who is likely to be an understudy for first-choice goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, will join the Hammers on 1 July after his contract with Primera Division side expires.

The Spaniard has signed an initial three-year deal with the Hammers and the east London side have an option to extend his contract for a further two seasons.

“I am extremely happy and ecstatic to have joined such a legendary and historical club in both London and in England,” said Adrián.

“I am really looking forward to being able to kick-off my career in the best league in the world with West Ham.

“I started off my career as a 10-year-old and have been there all of my life. I came through the ranks and I made my first-team debut in the sixth league game of last season against Malaga and was an ever-present since.

“For me, the icing on the cake was helping the team to qualify for the Europa League in, like West Ham, our first season back in the top flight after we had spent three years in the Second Division. Achieving this qualification was a massive farewell gift for the Betis fans.”

Adrian becomes just the fourth Spaniard to join West Ham following strikers Kepa Blanco and Diego Tristan and fellow goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

He continued: “I am very fortunate to be able to work with such an experienced goalkeeper with such a long track record in the Premier League as Jussi Jaaskelainen.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him on a daily basis and being able to receive tips from him which I’m certain will make me an even better goalkeeper.

“The same goes for the gaffer [Sam Allardyce]. It’s going to be an honour to be under the wing of such an experienced manager and that can only serve to make me a much better player.

“There is a very competitive squad at West Ham and, in my opinion, competition is what makes the group stronger and helps the club to go further in the competition.”

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