West Ham snap up former Manchester City youngster

West Ham United have signed up Abdul Razak on a short-term contract

Having joined City from Crystal Palace's youth set up in 2008 Razak has previously been compared to Michael Essien due to his playing style. Razak is a box-to-box midfielder blessed with great technical ability. Neil Warnock was manager at Crystal Palace as Razak was progressing on their books and he said he was the best player he had ever seen for his age group.

Abdul Razak was very highly rated at Manchester City and signed for Anzhi Makhachkala at the start of this season on a permanent deal. Things for Anzhi have gone downhill since then though, with the strong financial backing being withdrawn and their star players moving on elsewhere.

Razak returns to England after the brief spell in Russia, but hopeful of making an impact at West Ham. He only made eleven appearances for Anzhi and will be aiming to feature more prominently for The Hammers.

During his time at Manchester City he played in the Premier League six times as well as four appearances in the League Cup. He also spent time on loan at Portsmouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Charlton Athletic, all in the Championship.

Razak has five caps for Ivory Coast and will be hopeful that he can force his way into the World Cup squad for this summer.

Big Sam's typical play would not usually involve a combative, technical player like Razak. Much has been said about West Ham's style of play recently, but with Ravel Morrison and Razak in the team, The Hammers will certainly be capable of playing some exciting football. It won't always occur at places like Stamford Bridge however.

The signing of an athletic midfielder could signal the end of West Ham's transfer dealing in this window as far as incomings are concerned, but there may some players leaving the club with the futures of Modibo Maiga and Alou Diarra unclear.

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