Jimenez signs for the Hammers

By PHIL RAVITZ WEST Ham have made their first capture of the summer when they completed the season-long loan of Inter Milan forward Luis Jimenez. Jimenez has long been a target for Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola, as the club moved quickly to hold off inte

By PHIL RAVITZ

WEST Ham have made their first capture of the summer when they completed the season-long loan of Inter Milan forward Luis Jimenez.

Jimenez has long been a target for Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola, as the club moved quickly to hold off interest from other clubs for a player who will officially join the Hammers on July 1, provided he successfully passes a medical.

The 25-year-old Chilean is nicknamed ' El Mago' - the Wizard, for his tight ball-playing skills and abilities as a play-maker.


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He said upon agreeing the loan move: "I am very happy and very excited with the prospect of joining West Ham. I will do everything possible to make sure the club are successful.

"I know West Ham to be a famous and fantastic club, who have a lot of great players."

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"I had options to join other clubs, but I watched West Ham's last game of the season and I liked what I saw.

"I am a player who likes to play good football and they are a team who play that way."

"Gianfranco Zola is the man who first drew me to the club. I can identify with the type of football he likes to play and I will love playing for him."

Jimenez hasn't played for his country since early 2008, but Hammers chief executive Scott Duxbury managed to ensure that the Chilean's application for a work permit meets Football Association criteria, earlier this month.

Duxbury and Hammers' technical director Gianluca Nani, a long time admirer of the player, flew to Milan to successfully complete negotiations on Tuesday.

Scott Duxbury said: "A number of clubs were after Luis, so we had to work quickly to get the deal done.

He continued: "We are pleased to secure Luis' services for the new season. Gianfranco sees him as a player that can add much to our attack in the new campaign and we are very happy to have him join us.

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