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HAMMERS SNAP UP HITZLSPERGER
West Ham have announced the signing of Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger on a three-year deal.Hitzlsperger was always a decent fantasy bet in his time with Aston Villa. He got his share of set pieces and had a, um, hammer for a left foot. He was Huddlestone before Huddlestone was Huddlestone.
The 28-year-old will join the club on a free transfer on July 1 following the expiry of his contract at Italian side Lazio.
Hitzlsperger becomes the first new arrival at Upton Park this summer as the club bid to rebuild after narrowly avoiding relegation last term.
Changes are afoot at the Hammers with Avram Grant due to be installed as manager later this month subject to a work permit, and West Ham co-owner David Sullivan expressed his satisfaction with the direction the club is taking.
It will be interesting to watch West Ham this off-season. Getting Grant was an excellent move, and Hitz should add more steel (or at least depth behind Parker) to the midfield.