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31st Aug, 2016 | 10:33pm

Done deal: Defender signs after West Ham agree terms

By Dominic Toner

West Ham have completed the signing of Alvaro Arbeloa, it was announced on Wednesday evening.

The Hammers announced on their website that they have signed the defender on a free transfer and that he has signed a one-year contract.

Arbeloa, 33, has already won some of football’s most esteemed competitions including the World Cup, European Championships and Champions League.

The right-back has returned to the Premier League after spending two years with Liverpool, before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2009 for £5million.

Arbeloa was available as a free agent as his contract at Real Madrid expired in June and he has now returned to English football.

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Arbeloa will now compete with his new team-mate Sam Byram for a place Slaven Bilic’s side, but despite his experience will face competition from the young Englishman who has been a West Ham regular since he joined.

It is expected that the Spain’s 58-time capped Arbeloa will act as a mentor for Byram as well as facilitate Michail Antonio playing further up the pitch, where he proved most effective last term.

West Ham were eliminated from the Europa League by Astra Giurgiu recently so the Spaniard will have domestic league and cup fixtures to focus on.

In other West Ham transfer news, the fans have reacted on Twitter to Jack Sullivan’s deadline-day post.