While most fans of West Ham United will be swept up with the Andy Carroll transfer saga finally reaching its conclusion, another of the Hammers' summer signings is preparing for life in east London.
Romanian captain Razvan Rat, who joined Sam Allardyce's side on a free transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk last month, has spoken of his excitement at the prospect of playing in the Premier League.
"First of all I am very happy to wear a West Ham United kit," said Rat. "For me it's an honour to wear this shirt and to play in the Premier League. I will be very proud to wear the claret and blue colours and I hope to satisfy the fans.
"I'll be very excited when I pull on the kit for the first time, because it will be my first game here."
The 32-year-old defender, who has won 89 caps for his country, has spent the last ten years of his career with the Ukrainian champions, making 300 appearances and winning seven league titles, five cups and the 2009 UEFA Cup.
A versatile player who favours playing at left full-back, Rat began his career with Rapid Bucharest, for whom he won two Romanian league titles and a national cup.
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