West Ham have further bolstered their squad with the signing of Guy Demel on a two-year deal from Hamburg for an undisclosed fee.
The 30-year-old right-sided player, who can play in defence or midfield, has the option of a further 12 months at Upton Park should he impress.
The Hammers have beaten off competition from several clubs across Europe to land the Ivory Coast international.
Welcoming his move, Demel told the club's official website: "I am very excited to join West Ham. I want to help the team go back to the Premier League. This is my goal.
"I have some friends here already like Freddie Piquionne and Carlton Cole, and London is a great city. I am very happy to be here.
"I had 10 years in Germany and I won the title. But it is time for a change and to show what I can do in another country. I will do my best.
"It is a good stadium and I am also looking forward to the future. I would like to go to the new stadium with West Ham.
"Something big is happening here and I want to be part of an exciting time in the club's history. I know the fans are very passionate."