By Harvey Byrne
West Ham announced the signing of centre-back Jose Fonte from Southampton on Friday evening – and Hammers fans are delighted on Twitter.
The 33-year-old centre-back handed in a transfer request on the south coast earlier in the month after a contract dispute with the club he had been a part of for seven years.
He was a key figure during the Saints’ dramatic rise from the depths of the English third tier and was even made captain by former boss Ronald Koeman when Adam Lallana left.
Meanwhile, the Hammers have struggled this season after a successful last campaign and will have targeted additions in January to help them improve on their current position.
This has led to the east London side revealing that they have signed Fonte in an £8million deal, agreeing a two and a half-year contract with the club.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 20, 2017
This has brought great delight to the Hammers faithful on social media, who believe the Euro 2016 winner can be a success at the club.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— mark speller (@supersonic_mark) January 20, 2017
— Sam Royden (@SamRoyden) January 20, 2017
I jest, it's actually got the potential to be a very good signing. He's no @TomkinsOfficial , but a good signing.
— Dean Barnes (@DeanoBarnes) January 20, 2017
— Lee Newland (@lee_newland) January 20, 2017
more then pleased I'm over the more 8 mil is a bargain fair enough he is 33 but he has still got a good few seasons in him
— Ryan (@RyanThorpe_WHU) January 20, 2017
Fantastic signing that provides some much needed depth! #WelcomeFonte Thrilled to have you!
— ⚒ Ian Lewis ⚒ (@enlewus) January 20, 2017
8 Mil what a signing
— Terry Edwards (@EdwardsTellsy) January 20, 2017
West Ham are currently sat in 12th place in the Premier League table and they will now be hoping that the addition of the experienced Fonte can help push them forward.
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