West Ham confirm first January signing, international defender signs reported £1.5m deal

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West Ham United have announced the arrival of Canadian international defender Doneil Henry.

It's been reported for a number of weeks, but now West Ham have confirmed the signing of Apollon Limassol defender Doneil Henry.

The 21-year-old has yet to even play a game for the Cypriot side having been on loan with his former club Toronto in MLS, but has been recommended to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce by former Tottenham defender Ryan Nelsen.

The athletic centre back has 14 caps to his name for Canada, and has done enough on trial with West Ham to earn a permanent deal.

West Ham are paying a reported £1.5m for Henry, and he spoke to the official West Ham website upon his arrival at Upton Park.

"It feels good to be given the opportunity to come and train and see what it's like to be part of a Premier League team and I just want to get started and get into the team real soon," said Henry.

"I had a really good relationship with Ryan Nelsen and I always wanted to see what it was like to play at another level, the highest level, and I got the opportunity to come over here. Since then, I was just hoping to come back and now it's happened, I want it to continue on and keep playing."

"I started with the Toronto FC Academy when I was 16 and signed for the first-team when I was 17 and now I just want to continue to develop and keep growing as a player. I'm 21 and I want to get a role with the team, keep my head down and take my opportunity when I can," he continued.

"I love a tackle and I just want to defend hard. I take pride in my clean sheets with the back line and with the 'keeper, so if we can just do that, it's job completed," he added.

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