Exciting new West Ham starlet thanks fans for warm welcome after switch from Chelsea

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Exciting new West Ham United starlet Domingos Quina has spoken for the first time since his switch from London rivals Chelsea.

West Ham fansWest Ham fans and Quina in action (below)

The Hammers have been busy collecting some top quality young players in the hope Slaven Bilic can fin tune their talents to benefit the first team.

The Hammers beat off competition from a number of top European clubs - including London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea - to complete the signing of the highly-rated young Portuguese forward last month.

The 16-year-old was signed on a two-year scholarship deal with the Hammers and will pen a professional contract when he turns 17 later this year, according to reports in the likes of the Evening Standard.

Quina actually chose the Hammers after spending a month training with the club before leaving to play in the Under-17 European Championships - which he won with his home nation Portugal earlier further underlining his burgeoning potential.

Quina the European champion

A quick, skillful striker with a penchant for the spectacular, a grateful Quina has taken to social networking site Twitter to speak for the first time since his move.

"Thank you West Ham fans for the warm welcome," Quina posted on Twitter.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Reece Oxford as he is substitutedWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Reece Oxford

Prodigal crop of youngsters

Quina joins the likes of Antonio Martinez, Martin Samuelsen, Reece Oxford and Reece Burke as a crop of youngsters at the club with genuine potential to gatecrash the first team.

Whether that will be this season or not remains to be seen although their level of first team involvement could very much hinge on the club's progress in the Europa League.

West Ham's Reece Burke in actionWest Ham's Reece Burke in action

Europa League progress could be key

Bilic's side face two, two-legged ties to qualify for the competition proper which would then add a further six games to the fixture list.

With the extra games, Bilic will be keen to blood his talented crop and give them vital competitive experience.

Mauricio Pochettino followed a similar policy at Tottenham Hotspur last season and it helped the club stay fresh for the Premier League as they secured Champions League football.

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