West Ham United have announced their third signing of the summer, completing the loan signing of Besiktas' Gokhan Tore.
Delighted to be a hammer
Tore has become the third player to become a Hammer this summer, after Havard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli.
The 24-year-old was one of the prominent figures in Turkish side's title-winning season, and Slaven Bilic will be well aware of his talent having managed him during his time with Besiktas.
The Turk will join initially on a season-long loan - a £2.5m fee - but with the option of a permanent deal for a further £10m, and Tore has shared his delight at making the move.
He told whufc.com: "I am very happy to be at West Ham" and has "watched many games that they played last season and saw how passionate the fans are" and "that made me want to come here and I am looking forward to playing in front of them."
Tore concluded: "Slaven was also a big factor in me coming here and he is a great manager" and is "the main man and knows me very well" and admitted that he "could not have said no to him."
Big step up
Tore is no stranger to Bilic or England, having coming through the ranks at Chelsea, but was quick to heap praise on the Croatian coach.
He said: "I wanted to join West Ham. I can say he is the best manager I have played for."
He concluded: “He knows the relationships with the players and how to talk with them" and is "like a father and you feel comfortable" as he makes "you feel like it is family" and "he was loved at Besiktas and it is the same at West Ham.”
West Ham United will take on the Carolina RailHawks at the WakeMed Soccer Park on Wednesday, July 13 with kick-off 1am BST.