Wednesday 18 July 2012

Maiga seals move to West Ham

Mali international forward joins newly-promoted Hammers on a four-year contract

New West Ham United striker Modibo Maiga has won 31 caps for his country Mali

West Ham United have completed the signing of Mali international forward Modibo Maiga from French side FC Sochaux-Montbeliard.

The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal, with the option of a further two years, after joining the newly promoted Barclays Premier League club for an undisclosed fee.

"I am really happy and excited about joining West Ham United," Maiga told the club's official website.

"I am proud to be part of a new team back in the Premier League"
- Modibo Maiga

"I know West Ham are a big club in England and I'm really looking forward to representing them. They have huge tradition and it is like joining part of a family and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to come here.

"I know some of the big names that have played for the club in the past and I am proud to be part of a new team back in the Premier League."

Maiga, who can play as a central striker as well as on the wing, scored 15 goals in 88 league appearances in three seasons at Le Mans.

He joined Sochaux in 2010, scoring 25 goals, while he has also scored five goals in 31 appearances for Mali.

Maiga is the fifth West Ham signing of the summer following the capture of Mohamed Diame, George McCartney, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson.

West Ham United will host Aston Villa in their first game back in the English top flight on August 18th.

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Key Points

  • Modibo Maiga joins West Ham United for an undisclosed fee
  • Mali international forward signs a four-year contract
  • Former Sochaux striker is the fifth West Ham signing of the summer