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Lopez in line for his first start

PUBLISHED: 11:50 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010

NEW signing Walter Lopez could be thrown into the West Ham starting line-up for this weekend s match at West Bromwich Albion after impressing Hammers caretaker manager Kevin Keen. Uruguay international Lopez, who moved to Upton Park as a free agent last w

NEW signing Walter Lopez could be thrown into the West Ham starting line-up for this weekend's match at West Bromwich Albion after impressing Hammers caretaker manager Kevin Keen.

Uruguay international Lopez, who moved to Upton Park as a free agent last week after quitting former club River Plate, played in the club's friendly win over Norwich at Chadwell Heath on Tuesday.

Now he could be in line to fill the left-back berth vacated by George McCartney at the Hawthorns, with fellow new recruit David Di Michele also likely to feature.

"Walter is a very attacking full-back who can get forward," Keen said of the 22-year-old, who spent a week on trial with the club before agreeing a one-year deal.

"Like David Di Michele, he is another West Ham-type player who will hopefully show everyone at the club what he can do."

Lopez, who has been capped three times by Uruguay, has also had spells in Spain and Mexico and was reportedly a target for a number of leading European clubs before completing his switch to the Hammers.

He admits that the chance to play in the Premier League helped persuade him to sign for West Ham and he is eager to prove himself in English football.

He said: "I am really happy to be here and it will be great to play for West Ham. I watch the Premier League all the time on TV. It is the No1 league in the world, the best and it is great to be a part of it.

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