8th of August 2016 Author: Johnny Karp
West Ham United have completed the signing of Arthur Masuaku, a left-back from Olympiacos Piraeus. The two clubs have not disclosed the transfer fee. The 22-year-old defender has agreed a four-year deal with West Ham. The Frenchman could make his debut next Monday, when the Hammers take on Chelsea in their first Premier League match of the season.
Manager Slaven Bilic had been looking for a left-back after Aaron Cresswell picked up a serious injury in July, a knee ligament issue that will keep him out for around four months. "It's a big honour for me to be part of this club," Masuaku said after signing the contract. "I was speaking with my agent about some opportunities, but when he told me about West Ham and also the coach, I didn't think twice, so in my mind, it was West Ham. Now, to be able to play with players like Dimitri Payet, I was thinking on the way here, it's going to be crazy. I can't wait to play with him and also all the rest of the team."
"For me, the Premier League is the biggest league in the world", Masuaku added. "When I was 18, my target was to come here, so now I am here, I have to prove myself to the fans and to the team so that I can play for this big club." He has represented France at Under18 and Under19 level and moved to Olympiacos in 2014 from Valenciennes. He has won two league titles in Greece and the Greek Cup, making 74 appearances for his club. His name is added on a long list of signings for West Ham this summer, no less than eight now: Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Harvard Nordveit, Domingos Quina, Ashley Fletcher, Gokhan Tore, plus the permanent transfer of on-loan Manuel Lanzini.
West Ham are 3/1 at Bet365 to finish inside the Premier League top six next season.
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Decent signing by West Ham. I watched Arthur Masuaku in Olympiacos Piraeus several times this season after being brother club with my Red Star Belgrade, they even played friendly match in Belgrade which I was watching and can confirm that Masuaku is a class. Now he has to prove himself in Premier League, make good impact if he wants to keep his position even after Aaron Cresswell recovers. If this is true what he is saying - that he always dreamed to play in Premier League and alongside Dimitri Payet, then I am glad his dream came true. Now he has to work on himself to keep that dream alive as long as possible.
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