West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) June 10, 2015
West Ham United today confirmed the signing of Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang, and the player told the club's official website that he's excited to have made the move to Upton Park.
Obiang, 23, was originally on the books of Atletico Madrid before his 2008 move to Italy, and having established himself as one of the most promising midfielders in Serie A, Obiang is now on the way out of Sampdoria in order to replace Alex Song in the West Ham midfield.
The athletic Spaniard has penned a four-year deal with the Hammers, tying him to the club until 2019 as West Ham land a true box-to-box midfielder.
Obiang has now become Slaven Bilic's first signing for West Ham, just 24 hours after the Croatian was appointed as the new manager at Upton Park, and figures to be a key part of Bilic's side next season.
Speaking to the West Ham official website, Obiang said that he has been waiting for the confirmation that he would be a West Ham player following a lengthy transfer saga, whilst he also had words of praise for Bilic, adding that he believes the pair will work well together.
"I’m very happy to have signed," said Obiang. "We have been talking about this for a long time and now I’ve finally got the chance to come here. 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."
"I think Bilic is a manager that can do very well here. I know that he was a West Ham player and he did a very well with the Croatian national team. 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," he added.