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Di Canio advised Behrami to join Hammers

PUBLISHED: 15:50 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:29 05 October 2010

WEST HAM have completed their first major signing of the summer after paying £5mllion for Swiss utility man Valon Behrami. The 23-year-old international joins from Italian club Lazio and has signed a five-year contract with the club and revealed that the

WEST HAM have completed their first major signing of the summer after paying £5mllion for Swiss utility man Valon Behrami.

The 23-year-old international joins from Italian club Lazio and has signed a five-year contract with the club and revealed that the move is a 'dream come true'.

Behrami (pictured) said: "I am very happy to last be able to sign for West Ham. For me it is a dream come true to play for the club and in the Premier League. I am very much looking forward to becoming part of the team here."

The Kosovo-born player is right-sided and comfortable playing in defence or midfield. His displays for his adopted country in Euro 2008, where he started every game, caught the eye of the Hammers, who quickly beat off competition from a number of European clubs.

"After the European Championships, I spoke with West Ham who expressed their interest in me coming here. I was very pleased to see what they wanted and what the plans are now and in the future," said Behrami. "Now I can't wait to train and play for West Ham."

Behrami previously played for Genoa before joining the Rome giants and scored seven goals during his time in Italy. He revealed that it was the advice of former Hammers legend Paulo Di Canio that helped make his mind up about a switch the capital.

"I talked to Paolo many times. He talked a lot about West Ham but also about football in this country and in particular the Premier League," said Behrami, who played with Di Canio at Lazio.

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