Maiga makes Hammers move

Malian striker signs four-year contract at Upton Park

Modibo Maiga: Will be turning out in the Premier League next season

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West Ham United have announced that highly-rated striker Modibo Maiga has joined the club on a four-year contract from French outfit Sochaux.

The 24-year-old joins the Hammers for an undisclosed fee in a deal which includes the option for two further years in London should he impress.

Maiga was expected to be on the move this summer, and was strongly linked with a switch to England.

Newcastle United came close to securing his services in 2011, but missed out and left the door open for the Hammers to make their move 12 months on.

The Mali international becomes Sam Allardyce's fifth signing of a busy transfer window, as West Ham ready themselves for a return to the top-flight.

Tradition

Maiga joins Mohamed Diame, George McCartney, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson in making a move to Upton Park.

"I am really happy and excited about joining West Ham United," Maiga told the club's official website.

"I know West Ham are a big club in England and I'm really looking forward to representing them.

"They have huge tradition and it is like joining part of a family, and that is one of the main reasons that I wanted to come here.

"I know some of the big names that have played for the club in the past and I am proud to be part of a new team back in the Premier League."