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West Ham clinch striker signing

West Ham United have signed Mladen Petric

By | 11th September 2013
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West Ham United have announced the signing of Croatian striker Mladen Petric. Petric played for Fulham in the Premier League last season, and now joins the Hammers on a season-long contract. Sam Allardyce picked the player up on a free transfer, as confirmed by the Premier League’s official website.

Petric scored five Premier League goals for the Cottagers last season, which is three more than former West Ham player Carlton Cole. Cole, a former English international, last week failed to secure a new contract at Upton Park after failing to prove his fitness. The 29 year old has been training with the club since his contract expired at the end of last season, but Petric’s signing could spell the end of Cole’s West Ham hopes.

Sam Allardyce also completed the signing of former Newcastle and Liverpool striker Andy Carroll over the summer in a £15 million. Carroll impressed during a loan spell with the club last season, and made the move permanent along with former Liverpool teammate Stewart Downing, whose time at Anfield won’t be remembered too fondly. Carroll’s injury-plagued start to the season forced Allardyce into signing a new striker, and Petric will now be tasked with temporarily replacing the Englishman.

“I’m very happy, excited and looking forward to training with the team and to the first game,” Petric said, according to the Premier League website. “I’m happy to be back in the Premier League because it’s a fantastic league and I’m really looking forward to being part of this team and this club.”

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