West Ham United sign Mauro Zarate

Argentina's Velez Sarfiield's player Mauro Zárate celebrates after scoring against Colombia's La Equidad during their Copa Sudamericana 2013 match on September 17, 2013
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West Ham United confirm the signing of Argentine forward Mauro Zarate.

West Ham United this evening confirmed the signing of Argentine forward Mauro Zarate.

The 27-year-old joins the Premier League club from Argentine side Velez Sarsfield, signing a three-year contract, with the option of a further year, with the Hammers.

"If you ask me what I can bring to the squad then I say I hope I will bring goals," he told the club website. "I will also bring dribbling skills and other attacking qualities.

"West Ham is a very important club and we know all about them and the Premier League in Argentina. This club is a beautiful club."

Before joining Velez, Zarate played in Italy for both Lazio and Inter Milan, also spending a brief period in England with Birmingham City in 2008.

He added that Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, a former Argentina Under-20 teammate of his, told him that English football would suit his game.

Zarate is West Ham's first signing since the season finished.

Argentina's Velez Sarfiield's player Mauro Zárate celebrates after scoring against Colombia's La Equidad during their Copa Sudamericana 2013 match on September 17, 2013
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