By Danny Wright

Jose Fonte has lifted the lid on his January transfer from Southampton to West Ham and said his move was down to the club’s massive ambition.

The Portuguese international has applauded the club’s fans, manager and chairman and said that they made it a ‘no brainer’ for him to make the move.

The centre-back also said that a move to the London Stadium meant that he can spend more time with his young family.

“In the summer, there were a few offers, including West Ham,” said Fonte to Sky Sports. “But in January they came back in and it was a no brainer for me because of the size of the club and the move to the Olympic Stadium.

“The passionate fans they have and also the ambition of the manager and the chairman. It was an easy decision to choose West Ham.

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“London is also closer to my wife’s side of the family – so provided her more help to raise the kids. Everything made sense and I’m extremely happy.”

After securing his £8million winter switch from Southampton, the 33-year-old has made four appearances for the Hammers which included a 3-1 victory over his former employers.

Although that was Fonte’s only win in the claret and blue of West Ham since arriving at the club, he will hope to get another one over on the Saints as they can move above them in the Premier League table if they can beat Chelsea on Monday night.

Fonte was the Southampton captain at the time of his move and made a total of 286 appearances for the south coast club.

The former Crystal Palace defender enjoyed a great summer as he won Euro 2016 with Portugal, with whom he has picked up 19 caps since making his international debut in 2014.

In other West Ham news, the club face a battle with Everton after reported interest in a Serie A goal machine.

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