By Ollie Irish
“I have always dreamed of playing alongside the great Englishman Mark Noble.”
This just in from West Ham:
“West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of Mexico FIFA World Cup star Pablo Barrera.
The winger, who turned 23 on 21 June, has moved to the Boleyn Ground from Mexican Premier Division side Club Universidad Nacional (Pumas de la UNAM) on a four-year contract with a one-year option for fee of £4m.
“Following the arrival of Barrera, the club hopes to announce two further signings within the next few hours. Details will be exclusively announced first on whufc.com.
“Barrera, who becomes the second new recruit this summer after Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, was able to complete his move after passing a medical and having his work permit application accepted by the Home Office on Thursday. He put pen to paper on Friday morning before giving his first interview as a Hammers player to whufc.com.”
And this is what Barrera thinks of his new club:
“I am very happy to sign for West Ham United and have been really taken by the reception I have received from the players and the manager. I have had a great welcome.
“I knew about West Ham when I was in Mexico. They are a big club and I have heard about the great players they have had in the past. I have heard a lot more about the club and its traditions since I have been in London and I am very excited to be here.
“I am very excited about the opportunity and the possibilities of playing for West Ham. I will do my best. The fans can expect that I will give 100 per cent to succeed for the team and to play better than I have ever played before.
“I am very fast and can use both feet. I like the one-on-one situations and to take on my opponent and beat my rivals. I like to excite the supporters. People have said that I am the sort of player that the fans want to have the ball as often as possible because I can make things happen.”
He’s fast and he can use both feet… hmm, sounds a lot like Jonathan Spector.
Barrera: Hit or Shit?