Transfer news

West Ham agree Adrian signing

June 5, 2013
By ESPN staff

West Ham United have announced the signing of goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer from Real Betis.

Adrian
GettyImagesAdrian will end a 16-year affiliation with Real Betis when his contract expires on June 30

Adrian, 26, will sign an initial three-year deal, with the club having the option to extend that contract by a further two years.

“I am extremely happy and ecstatic to have joined such a legendary and historical club in both London and in England,” he told his new club’s official website. “I am really looking forward to being able to kick-off my career in the best league in the world with West Ham.

“I started off my career as a ten-year-old and have been there all of my life. I came through the ranks and I made my first-team debut in the sixth league game of last season against Malaga and was an ever-present since.”

He will now compete with Jussi Jaaskelainen to be first-choice goalkeeper at Upton Park and said he would look to learn from the 38-year-old former Finland international.

“I am very fortunate to be able to work with such an experienced goalkeeper with such a long track record in the Premier League as Jussi Jaaskelainen,” he added. “I'm really looking forward to working with him on a daily basis and being able to receive tips from him which I'm certain will make me an even better goalkeeper.

“It's going to be an honour to be under the wing of such an experienced manager and that can only serve to make me a much better player. There is a very competitive squad at West Ham and, in my opinion, competition is what makes the group stronger and helps the club to go further in the competition.”