John Paintsil (Defender)
15th Jun 1981 (Ghana)Signed:
31st Jul 2006 (£1,000,000)Contract:
Details unknownPrevious Club:
Hapoel Tel Aviv
Energetic full-back Paintsil came to the attention of Alan Pardew after a good showing at the 2006 World Cup Finals, where he helped Ghana to qualify for the knockout stages (before eventually losing to Brazil).
The strong defender came to West Ham via Israel's Hapoel Tel Aviv for an initial £700,000 (rising to £1m with clauses).
He began his career in the Ghanaian domestic league before moving to Europe with Poland's Widzew Lodz.