Hammers sign Parker replacement

Midfielder targets promotion after signing one-year deal

Diop: Has signed a one-year contract with the option for another 12 months

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West Ham have wasted little time in signing a replacement for Scott Parker after they confirmed Papa Bouba Diop has penned a one-year deal with an option for an additional 12 months.

England midfielder Parker handed in a transfer request at Upton Park on Tuesday evening in an attempt to complete a move to Tottenham, and shortly after the arrival of Diop was confirmed.

The FA Cup-winning Senegal international joined Fulham in July 2004 before moving onto Portsmouth in 2007 and then AEK Athens in 2010.

Diop left the Greek club this summer and West Ham consequently brought him back to England in a free deal, with the 33-year-old already playing in a development squad match against Brentford.

He told West Ham's official website: "I am very happy today. I enjoyed playing again and it is good to be here to sign. I want to help West Ham go up and I hope we can be successful.

"English football is the best in the world. I have come here to work hard and give 100 per cent in every game I play for West Ham United. I want to show the people I am back again."