West Ham United today confirmed on their official website that they have signed former Ipswich Town striker Sam Ford on a deal until 2017.
The Hammers have moved to sign a host of youngsters since Slaven Bilic's arrival as manager, as the likes of George Dobson, Martin Samuelsen and Luka Belic have all arrived at Upton Park.
They haven't stopped there though, as they today confirmed the signing of teenage forward Ford, following a successful trial with the club.
Ford scored just minutes into a trial game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and clearly did enough to win a permanent deal having signed until the summer of 2017.
West Ham have a long history of promotion players through their youth setup, as the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard and Jermain Defoe are historic examples, whilst the current squad features the likes of James Tomkins and Mark Noble.
With those names, it's no surprise that Ford chose to sign permanently for West Ham in a bid to follow in their footsteps, and he took to Twitter earlier today to react after signing his deal.
Ford admitted he was 'over the moon' to sign for the Hammers, but acknowledged that there is plenty of hard work ahead for him as he bids to develop in East London.
Do you think Ford can make a big impact for West Ham?