West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has expressed his excitement after completing the purchase of Stewart Downing from Liverpool.
The Hammers boss, who made Downing his fifth signing of the summer, is adamant that the 29-year-old will fit into the set up at Upton Park perfectly.
Having already signed Andy Carroll, Razvan Rat, Adrian and Danny Whitehead, Allardyce spent around £6million in order to prise Downing away from Merseyside.
The England international endured a disappointing spell at Anfield, largely struggling to retain a first-team place and generally producing sub-par performances when turning out for the Reds.
Big Sam though is of the opinion that Downing will add quality to a squad that are hoping for at least a top-half finish this year.
"Stewart is a great player with a very good pedigree," Allardyce said.
"If you look at his technical and physical stats, it puts him right up there among the top players we have at the club.
"He's a talented boy with good energy, and will improve the team quality, particularly in possession. He doesn't give the ball away, he can hold it if he needs to and he can dribble as well.
"Stewart will be able to produce the kind of ball we need, and will have the opportunity to cross the ball, just as he did at Aston Villa.
"To pick up two players of the quality of Stewart and Andy is good business both financially and in football terms, and they will help to improve us as an attacking unit."
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