West Ham United media round-up: Matrevics signs scholarship deal, Jelavic on move

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A selection of the latest news concerning West Ham United.

Richards Matrevics signs scholarship deal

As confirmed by the official West Ham website, young goalkeeper Richards Matrevics signed a scholarship deal with the Hammers on Thursday. A 16-year-old Latvian goalkeeper, the report claims that he is ‘one of the most promising young goalkeepers in Europe’, although the deal will not be formally completed until FIFA give their approval.

Speaking after signing his deal, Matrevics claimed it has been a great experience to train alongside West Ham’s senior players. He said: “I love training alongside Adrian and the other first team goalkeepers. It’s very different to the standard in Latvia. It’s a great learning experience and I really enjoy it.”

Jelavic on striker competition

Also speaking on the official West Ham website, deadline day signing Nikica Jelavic has commented on the competition he will face at the Boleyn Ground after making the move to East London from Hull City.

Jelavic arrives at a side with a number of forwards all vying for places when fit, and the Croatian star has admitted that competing with the likes of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia will push all the players to improve.

The striker said: “We have a good unit of strikers here and it is always good to have a couple of good names in your position because then you push yourself more and give your maximum in every training session.”

Geoff Hurst on summer signings

West Ham legend Hurst has praised the summer signings made by the Hammers in an interview with the Standard. He has claimed that the players brought in are performing well, and that they represent the positive step needed by the club prior to them moving into the Olympic Stadium next season.

The World Cup hero said: “It’s been a good one [transfer window], it shows the positiveness of wanting to make sure we're in the Premier League next year, vitally before we go into the Olympic Stadium. Re-signing Song again on loan is a good move. Already [Dimitri] Payet looks good, [Cheikhou] Kouyate from last year looks terrific. Quite a high percentage of the people they've bought are performing quite well.”

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