Irons strike Kepa deal

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West Ham have won the race to sign Spanish striker Kepa Blanco.

The Hammers have beaten off competition from Premiership rivals Charlton, Manchester City, Bolton and Aston Villa.

Sevilla have confirmed that terms have been agreed with West Ham and Kepa will sign a loan deal until the end of the season - with a view to a permanent deal.

"Sevilla centre forward Kepa will play on loan for the remainder of the season for the English team West Ham," read a statement on Sevilla's website.

"The agreement between the Nervion outfit (Sevilla) and the Londoners, which was closed early this afternoon (Monday), includes an option to buy which the Premier League team must exercise before June 30, the date that Kepa's loan ends."

Although highly rated at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan, coach Juande Ramos has many striking options available to him and has thus agreed to let Kepa leave.

Kepa himself is looking forward to plying his trade at Upton Park.

"Now I have a challenge in the Premier League to demonstrate that I could have had a place in Sevilla," he said.