West Ham United has had a busy transfer deadline day, as the team has signed Nikica Jelavic and Michail Antonio along with loan deals for Victor Moses and Alex Song.
Jelavic joins the team from Championship side Hull City. The 30-year-old striker has previous Premier League experience from his time with Everton and Hull. He also has a relationship with manager Slaven Bilic. Jelavic spoke to whufc.com about his new club.
“I am very excited to be signing for West Ham United, especially as it is a big Club and I didn’t know until a couple of days ago that I would have the opportunity to come here.
“Of course it is always a target to play in the Premier League, so when I found out that West Ham wanted me there was no doubt that I wanted to come here.
“I’ve played for Slaven before for the Croatia national team and he is a great manager and a great man. I am really happy and delighted to be working with him and all his staff again.”
Antonio, 25, joins West Ham from Nottingham Forest. The winger signed with Forest last August and scored 19 goals in 54 appearances for the club. After spending his career in the lower leagues, he will now get a chance to prove himself in the Premier League.
“I’ve worked my way from non-league and finally got to the Premier League to show what I can do,” Antonio told West Ham TV. “And if the fans don’t know me from the Championship, what I bring to the table is pace, power and goals, so hopefully I can do that this season.”
The club also made season-long loan deals for Victor Moses (Chelsea) and Alex Song (Barcelona).