West Ham United have announced the signing of Liverpool winger Stewart Downing on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 29-year-old becomes United's fifth signing this summer following the arrivals of former Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll, Romania captain Razvan Rat, goalkeeper Adrian and promising young Danny Whitehead.
Downing was in east London over the weekend to discuss personal terms and yesterday evening he underwent a medical ahead of the proposed move.
"I'm very excited," the former Middlesbrough man told West Ham's website. "It's a great opportunity for me being here, it's a great club and I'm really excited to get going."
Downing will also join up with ex-team-mates Joe Cole with Liverpool and James Collins at Aston Villa, as he hopes to propel the Hammers up the league to improve on their 10th-place finish last season.
The winger will also be hoping to push himself into contention for England's World Cup plans with the tournament next summer in Brazil.
The England international fell out of favour at Liverpool after not living up to expectations, and manager Brendan Rogers revealed he wasn't part of his plans for the new season.
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