Hammers land Carroll
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham have completed the capture of keeper Roy Carroll on a free transfer.West Ham have completed the capture of keeper Roy Carroll on a free transfer.
The Northern Ireland international was available after being released by Manchester United following four years with the Old Trafford club.
The Red Devils paid £2.5 million for the 27-year-old back in July 2001, but his time under Sir Alex Ferguson was often blighted by high-profile blunders.
However, West Ham boss Alan Pardew believes Carroll's best years are ahead of him and thinks he is the ideal signing to help the East London side retain their Premiership status.
"The injury to Jimmy Walker in the play-off final was a real hammer blow for us," explained Pardew to the club's official website.
"I've moved quickly to rectify that situation by signing Roy Carroll, who is an established Premiership goalkeeper.
"Roy comes to West Ham United in his prime and because of his association with Manchester United will not be fazed by the size of this club.
"I believe Roy's best years are ahead of him and when a club is re-introduced to the Premier League, as we are, goalkeeper is an essential position.
"Roy brings all the qualities we need for the coming campaign and we're delighted to have him as part of our squad.
"This will be the first of what I hope will be three or four more signings to strengthen the team for the challenge ahead."