'Der Hammer' signs for the Hammers
By Tom Dowsett
Saturday 05 Jun 2010 16:43:00
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West Ham United have made former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger their first signing of the summer, according to skysports.com.

Hitzlsperger, who has signed a three-year deal with the Hammers, has spent the past six months with Lazio, but has now agreed to return to the Premier League with West Ham, and becomes new manager Avram Grant's first signing.

The 28-year-old only joined Lazio in January from Stuttgart after his contract with the Bundesliga club was cancelled to give Hitzlsperger a better chance of making Germany's World Cup squad.

However, despite his switch to Italy, 'Der Hammer' was unable to claim a place on the plane to South Africa.



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He will now spend the summer concentrating on his club career after accepting the opportunity to play in England for the second time.

During a five year spell at Aston Villa, Hitzlsperger scored 12 times in 114 appearances before leaving for home in 2005.

The hard-working midfielder is likely to be the first of several new faces to arrive at Upton Park over the close season, after last season's disastrous campaign.

New manager Grant has been tipped to raid his former club Portsmouth for some players, especially Nadir Belhadj, while the likes of Thierry Henry and David Beckham have also been linked with moves to the club.

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