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Razvan Rat seals West Ham move

Razvan Rat seals West Ham move

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West Ham have completed a move for left back Razvan Rat. The former Shakhtar Donetsk defender becomes the Hammers' first signing of the summer.

The Romanian international has put pen to paper on a long term contract at Upton Park.

"I'm hugely happy that we've got a player of his experience and his character," Hammers' manager Sam Allarydce said. "He's been playing Champions League football this year and at the highest level for many years. Shakhtar had offered him a very good contract, but his ambition was to come and try his abilities and skills in England.

"When you hear somebody speak so positively about that, then you know they've got the mental character that's needed to do well in this division. We certainly know he's got the ability and he's at an age where he's still capable of producing at 31. He speaks perfect English, which he taught himself, and that shows the discipline and the character of the man."