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West Ham to open new stadium against Juventus

The Olympic Stadium is West Ham's new home. Credit: PA

West Ham's first game in the Olympic Stadium will be a friendly against Italian giants Juventus.

The Hammers move from Upton Park to their new home in Stratford next season and will host the Serie A champions a week before the campaign starts, on Sunday, August 7, for the Betway Cup.

Joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold told the club website: "We are delighted to be marking such a monumental day in West Ham United's history by welcoming one of the world's biggest clubs to our fantastic new home."

West Ham sign teenage Spanish striker

West Ham have agreed the signing of teenage striker Toni Martinez from Valencia.

The 18-year-old, a Spain Under-17 international, will officially join the Hammers on a three-year contract on July 1 but is already training with his future team-mates.

Martinez, a prolific goalscorer for Valencia's youth team, will initially link up with West Ham's development squad but hopes to break into the first team and run out at the Olympic Stadium next season.


West Ham missed out on Leicester star - Bilic

N'Golo Kante has shone this season. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic has revealed Leicester star N'Golo Kante could have been playing for West Ham this season.

Bilic was close to signing the midfielder from French side Caen in the summer, but instead brought in the likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio and Pedro Obiang.

And, while Bilic's summer signings have been a hit this season, he admits Kante has made a huge impression, saying the Frenchman covers so much ground he is like having an extra man on the pitch.

Yes, we were quite close (to signing Kante).

I watched him in France. He was a good player, the same player he is now with Leicester.

He's not very tall, but he's one of those players that you think after 20 minutes that there are twins, that there are two of them, because the energy, the cleverness he plays with, he's always there.

When you watch a game on television there are players that are always on screen. They are never out, whatever you see, you see them, they are always on television. He's one of them.

That's not only ability like having big lungs or legs or whatever, the capacity to run, this is in his head.

So, he was there, but then we got some players in the same positions and it would have simply been too many players for the same position.

– Slaven Bilic
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