Hammers land Obinna
Inter Milan striker switches to Upton Park on season-long loan
Last Updated: August 27, 2010 12:13pm
Obinna: joined Hammers
West Ham have signed striker Victor Obinna on a season-long loan from Inter Milan.
As revealed by skysports.com, the Hammers had been in talks to sign the 23-year-old, who has been deemed surplus to requirements by new Inter boss Rafa Benitez.
These have now come to fruition as Avram Grant seeks to bolster his an which has only netted once in their opening two Premier League games - and that from a spot-kick in the 3-1 home defeat to Bolton.
The Nigeria international came close to a move to Everton two years ago only for work permit problems to scupper the deal but has now got his chance to shine in the Premier League.
He becomes the club's sixth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Thomas Hitzlsperger, Tal Ben Haim, Winston Reid, Pablo Barrera and Frederic Piquionne.
The Hammers' deal for Obinna includes an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
Obinna made two appearances for Nigeria in the 2010 World Cup, where the Super Eagles failed to get out of a group containing Argentina, South Korea and Greece.
He joined Inter in the summer of 2008 from another Italian club, Chievo.