New West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, known more commonly Adrian, has this week spoken of his delight in moving to England.

Former Real Betis stopper Adrian, 26, sealed a three-year contract earlier this month after keeping 11 clean sheet's in his debut year with Betis, helping the Seville-based side to seventh place in La Liga. 

His excellent season, which included a man-of-the-match display in a 1-0 win over Real Madrid, prompted the Hammers to bring him as competition for current number one Jussi Jaaskelainen. 

Upon completion of his move, Adrian has declared his intent of emulating his friend and countryman Pepe Reina, who moved from Villareal to Liverpool back in 2005.

"Pepe Reina is also from Andalusia and his family is from Cordoba, I bumped into him in Madrid and we talked about goalkeeping," Adrian revealed

The Reds ace texted Adrian when he made his first-team debut and he has not forgotten that gesture and he now hopes to do well for the Hammers after also moving to England.

The goalkeeper, who will join the Hammers on July 1 after his contract with Real Betis expires, has also spoken of his excitement after moving to England: “I am extremely happy and ecstatic to have joined such a legendary and historical club in both London and in England.

“I am really looking forward to being able to kick-off my career in the best league in the world with West Ham. 

"I am looking forward to joining the squad and becoming one of the group and trying to improve myself and the team’s performance on the pitch.”

Adrian will become just the fourth Spaniard to join West Ham following strikers Kepa Blanco and Diego Tristan and fellow goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Manager Sam Allardyce is believed  to have brought him in initially as understudy to Jaaskelainen, who triggered a new contract at Upton Park at the end of last season, but still views the Spaniard as a number one of the future.

The Finn's understudy last season – Stephen Henderson – did not make a great impression at Upton Park in his first season at the club, and was shipped out on loan to Ipswich Town. Meanwhile Raphael Spiegel is still considered far too young to be able to play for the first team.

The Hammers had previously been linked with Leicester City number one Kasper Schmeichel, but with a tight budget, the move for Adrian was seen as a more cost effective one.

The six foot two stopper is the second summer signing for United, following the arrival of Romania international defender Razvan Rat from Shakhtar Donetsk two weeks ago.


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