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West Ham sign former Spanish international: Shrewd bit of business on Zola’s part?

With an average of two goals every league match, the Hammers haven’t exactly been struggling for goals this season, although Dean Ashton’s injury means that they’ve looked a bit lightweight up top. Gianfranco Zola has acted to address this situation by bringing in a striker who has 14 caps for his national team and has played Champions League football.

Setanta report that West Ham have taken a punt on Diego Tristan, the forward who used to play for Deportivo La Coruna. The 32-year-old has impressed sufficiently to be awarded a short-term contract at Upton Park, and is delighted to have been given the chance to play in the Premier League.

“I’m happy with this agreement with West Ham United,” Tristan told setantasports.com.

“I have always been a huge Premier League fan and I did play well against English clubs during my time with Deportivo La Coruna.

“As a consequence I am hopeful I will experience the same luck.

“Zola persuaded me to sign and I though the project is good. The trial proved positive and people welcomed me warmly.

“For sure I want to pay that confidence back to my new club. The contract runs until the end of the season and it’s a massive aim for me at this time of my career. “

It appears as though Zola is proving something of a draw card for out-of-favour players, with David Di Michele provisionally on the West Ham books after making a loan move from Torino. Do Hammers fans like the sound of Tristan, or do you only expect him to make a few appearances from the bench this season? It will be interesting to see how many opportunities he gets.

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