PHOTO: Diego Poyet unveiled in West Ham United shirt

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West Ham United have finally got their man as Diego Poyet has joined after his contract with Charlton Athletic expired.

The son of Gus Poyet established himself as a first-teamer at Charlton Athletic in the second half of last season, and his form impressed many top flight clubs. West Ham have now been able to capture him on a four-year-deal.

With Diego Poyet's contract running out at the end of June, West Ham had to settle a compensation deal with The Addicks due to the midfielder being under 24. The undisclosed fee has now been agreed and the 19-year-old has joined his teammates on the pre-season training camp on the French-Swiss border.

Poyet rise through the ranks at Charlton leading to his move has been rather sudden. He only made his professional debut in the FA Cup on 21st January this year, and soon after that he began started games in the Championship. Despite only making 23 appearances last season, the midfielder went on to win the club's end of season Player of the Year award.

Speaking to the club's website Diego spoke of his surprise at the move, "I'm very happy to be here. It took me by surprise a little bit and it all happened very quickly. It's a great Club to be at and I know a few of the boys here already."

"It's massive to come to a Premier League club. It's what I wanted to do - I wanted a new challenge and soon as I heard there was a chance of stepping up I had to take it."

Diego could now be set to come against his father next season; Sunderland manager Gus Poyet. Diego was born in Spain during Gus' spell at Real Zaragoza but has spent the majority of his life in England and has already played for the youth sides.

 

 

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