Defender Stephen Hendrie 'over the moon' to be signing for West Ham

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Hamilton Academical left back Stephen Hendrie says he's delighted to be joining West Ham this summer.

West Ham United may have endured a frustrating deadline day having missed out on the signing of Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, but they did manage to secure a deal in January.

Just days before the transfer deadline, West Ham secured a deal to sign Hamilton Academical defender Stephen Hendrie on a pre-contract agreement.

The 20-year-old, who was also linked with a move to Celtic, was at the centre of a long-running transfer saga with West Ham, as the Hammers initially agreed a fee before stalling on the deal.

Hamilton vice-chairman Ronnie MacDonald slammed the Irons for their conduct, before West Ham went in a different direction, snapping up Hendrie on a deal which will see him join in the summer when his contract expires.

A Scotland Under-21 international, Hendrie will be looking to emulate other former Hamilton stars such as James McCarthy and James McArthur, but will initially provide cover for Aaron Cresswell at left back.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hendrie says that he is delighted to be making the move to Upton Park at the end of the season, but knows that he has to give his all for Hamilton until the move, given that the Accies have gone six games without a league win since manager Alex Neil moved on to Norwich City in January.

"Obviously I can't wait until it happens, obviously I'm joining in the summer so still got a bit to do with Hamilton," said Hendrie. "I'll give 110% for Hamilton, and then as soon as I get down to West Ham, I'll be giving all I've got there too. I'm absolutely over the moon, I can't wait to get there," he added.

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