Filed: Thursday, 17th September 2009
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United have confirmed the signing of 32-year-old Mexican international Guillermo Franco.
The former Villareal striker has signed a one-year deal with the Hammers and could go straight into thw squad to face Liverpool at the Boleyn this weekend.
Talking to whufc.com, he said: "I am really happy to sign for West Ham. It was my dream to come to the Premier League and I am proud to play for a club that has so much history. This is a very important stage in my career and I hope to score lots of goals for the club this season and then play at the World Cup.
"This is an important team with great players and a great manager. I know that the club are very ambitious and want to do well. I want to do my best to make that happen and I am excited about the challenge.
"The main motivation was to play in the Premier League. I love English football and I love the Premier League. I had the possibility of joining Estudiantes and two Spanish clubs, but it was the Premier League that drew me here. I can fulfil my desire with West Ham and I am very happy to be here.
"I played here before with Villarreal and I have also played Champions League games here in England. I thought then that I would like to play here one day and maybe that match against West Ham meant that it was destiny that I would come here to play."
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10:57AM 17th Sep 2009
''Ok, so we have two more strikers to play with Carlton in Diamanti and Franco. I dont think I'm the only Hammer to worry that this is just a repeat of last year when we got Tristan and Di Michele and that these two are just making up the numbers.
I can't really see them getting 10-15 goals between them this season, but you never know. Just hope they provide decent support for Cole to bang in a load this season.''
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