West Ham secure second summer signing

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 14th August 2023

West Ham United have completed the signing of former Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse.

The 28-year-old becomes David Moyes second signing of the summer following the arrival of Edson Alvarez from Ajax last week abd nives to West Ham for a fee in the region of £30million.

Ward-Prowse, who will wear the No7 shirt, has signed a four year contract tying him to the club until the summer of 2027.

"I’m buzzing to be here at West Ham United. It’s great to be here and I’m looking forward to getting going,” said Ward-Prowse.

“From the outside looking in, this is a club that has been on the rise for a number of years now and coming off the success in the Conference League last year, you can feel there is real momentum around. It’s great to be a part of it and I can’t wait to play my role in the games to come.

"When I think about my game, it is based on hard work, graft, and giving 100 per cent. West Ham United has always been a club that has epitomised that. You can feel that from the fans and you can see it in the players who are here and the lads that have come through the Academy too.

"I feel as though I will fit straight in and I can promise I will give my all for this football club in my time here."

Manager David Moyes welcomed the eleven-times capped England international and is looking forward to introducing an experienced player with proven Premier League pedigree to his squad.

"I’m delighted to bring a player of James’ quality and experience to West Ham United," he said. "He's performed to a very high level in the Premier League over the last decade, constantly producing good numbers season after season.

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"His leadership qualities are obviously another huge plus for us – he’ll be a big voice for us, someone who drives the team on from the middle of the pitch. We’re excited to get him up and running, for what will be another busy season on both the domestic and European front."

With 343 Premier League appearances for the Saints and a full pre-season under his belt, Ward-Prowse arrives fit and ready to play and could make his debut in Sunday’s Premier League fixture with Chelsea at the London Olympic Stadium.

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