December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
West Ham have completed the signing of striker Mladen Petric on a one-year contract.
The 32-year-old Croatia international was a free agent following his release from Fulham in the summer, and he arrives to strengthen the Hammers’ depleted front line.
Manager Sam Allardyce had only Modibo Maiga and Ricardo Vaz Te fit at the moment after Andy Carroll suffered a setback in his return from a heel injury which has prevented him from making an appearance for the Hammers since completing a permanent transfer from Liverpool.
Petric was pleased to get the chance to stay in the Premier League and is looking forward to linking up with Allardyce’s side.
“I’m very happy, excited and looking forward to training with the team and to the first game,” the former Hamburg man told West Ham’s official website.
“I know [the Premier League] and I’m happy to be back in the Premier League, because it’s a fantastic league and I’m really looking forward to being part of this team and this club.
“There are a lot of good players here and I’m happy to be part of such a good team and I hope we can all celebrate my first goal for West Ham as soon as possible.
“I didn’t speak to Sam [Allardyce] until today but I’ve heard a lot about him and I spoke to Guy Demel, who I know from my time at Hamburg and I’m sure I’ll have a good time here.
“I remember playing at West Ham last year and it was a very tough game for us at Fulham. I think we lost 3-0! It’s not easy to come here [as the away side] and take points away.”