Tuesday 08 July 2014
West Ham United have announced the signing of midfielder Diego Poyet. The 19-year-old joins on a four-year deal after his contract with Charlton Athletic expired and once the two clubs agreed an undisclosed compensation fee.
Poyet, who is the son of the former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur player Gustavo, who is now Sunderland head coach, made his first-team debut for Charlton in January and from a total of 23 appearances during the second half of the Championship last season he earned the club's player-of-the-year award.
Diego Poyet facts
Born 8 April 1995
Birthplace Zaragoza, Spain
Professional debut Charlton v Oxford United, Jan 2014, FA Cup
He has joined his new team-mates at their pre-season training camp on the French-Swiss border and was delighted to be moving to a Premier League club.
"It's massive to come to a Premier League club,” he told whufc.com. “It's what I wanted to do - I wanted a new challenge and soon as I heard there was a chance of stepping up I had to take it.
"I played quite a few games last season with Charlton and I just want to push on now. Like any young player, the first thing you want to do is get into the first team. I need to show the staff, players and the gaffer what I'm capable of doing and maybe pushing my way in.
"West Ham is a great club with a lot of tradition, moving to a new stadium and everything, it was a no brainer for me because you never know if you're going to get that kind of chance again."
Born in Zaragoza, Spain, where his father was playing, Poyet moved to London at the age of 2 when his dad signed for Chelsea. He has since gone to represent England at Under-16 and Under -17 levels.
He is West Ham manager Sam Allardyce's fourth signing this summer after Mauro Zarate, Cheikhou Kouyate and Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich Town.
West Ham start their preparation for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season by playing Ipswich Town in a pre-season friendly on July 16. (For all of West Ham's pre-season friendlies click here >>). Sam Allardyce's charges open their Barclays Premier League season at home to Tottenham Hotspur.