West Ham United have completed the signing of Spain Under-21 midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee.
The player has scored three in 34 appearances last season and is manager Slaven Bilic's first summer signing in what looks like a busy window ahead for the newly appointed man. The 23-year-old has signed a four-year contract, choosing the Hammers ahead of interest from a lot of clubs across Europe.
The player was an important part of the Serie A club who finished seventh in the league and managed to qualify for the Europa League.
He will be looking to use his influence to take his current club to a similar pedestal or higher next season. The Hammers have disposed of the services of manager Sam Allardyce after the end of last season and are desperate to show some progress in the upcoming campaign.
"I'm very happy to have signed. We have been talking about this for a long time and now I've finally got the chance to come here," Obiang told West Ham's official website.
"I went on holiday after the season had finished and I was looking forward to receiving that call to tell me where and when to sign for this Club!
"I'm very excited to play in the Premier League. It's a style of football that will help me to progress as a player and as a person, so it will be very good."
The player also had high praise for manager Bilic and insists that he is the man to take the club to greater heights in the future.
"I think Bilic is a manager that can do very well here. I know that he was a West Ham player and he did very well with the Croatian national team," he continued.
"He is a manager that likes to play good football and I really like that so I am sure that we will get along very well."