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BREAKING NEWS: West Ham United sign José Fonte on two and a half-year deal

Fonte becomes the first player to sign for West Ham in the January transfer window.

West Ham United have completed the signing of José Fonte from Southampton, for a fee in the region of £8million. The 33-year-old (pictured) signed with The Hammers today on a two and a half-year deal worth around £65,000 with an extra optional year, making him one of the top earners at the club to date.

In first interview as a Hammer with the official site, Fonte said;

“I signed for West Ham because they are a great club and a very big club. They have a lot of fans and I have known for a number of years how passionate they are.

“The manager was also a very big influence. I thought that he really wanted me and that he sold me the project and the ambition of the Club.

“I also have part of my family living in London and they are big West Ham fans. It just made sense for me at this stage to join West Ham. It is a new challenge and a new beginning and I am looking forward to it.

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What can Fonte offer to a depleted West Ham back-four?
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“With the way that West Ham is going we can only look to be challenging in the top eight.

“I told the manager in conversations that we want to win and we want to win trophies. The ambition is big and we need to aim high.

“West Ham are a massive club and it is an exciting challenge and it should be for everyone. We all need to get together and start working.”

We really wish nothing but the best for José Fonte at West Ham for the rest of his time at the club!

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