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West Ham sign Spain Under-21 international

Pedro Obiang, right, has signed for West Ham. Credit: PA

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Spain Under-21 midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old is the first player to join the Irons since the announcement of Slaven Bilic as the east London club's new manager on Tuesday.

Obiang made 35 appearances for Sampdoria last season, scoring three goals as the Blucerchiati finished seventh in Serie A to qualify for the Europa League.

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Big Sam proud of achievements as West Ham manager

Sam Allardyce is convinced his successor will have a firm foundation upon which to build as West Ham look for a new manager.

West Ham confirmed Big Sam's departure moments after defeat at Newcastle. Credit: PA

Allardyce's departure after four years was confirmed after Sunday's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Newcastle following months of speculation that his reign was drawing to a close.

The 60-year-old leaves Upton Park proud of his achievements in returning the club to the top flight and keeping them there, and confident that, even if he has been unable to silence his critics, he has established a basis for future success.

He told West Ham TV:

You've got to look at the facts and look at what we've built with what we've had to spend and how hard we've worked - and I'm not just talking about me, my staff and the players, but the relationship with the owners in terms of how to get that money for recruitment comes from them and their support.

I think we've done great. We've made mistakes but I don't think we've made too many and, in the end, you've got a younger squad for someone else to manage which has learnt an awful lot in the last 12 games, particularly those who were in their first season in the Premier League.

– Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

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West Ham agree five year shirt deal with Umbro

West Ham have confirmed Umbro will produce their kit from next season onwards after signing a five-year deal with the sportswear manufacturer.

The Hammers new deal is twice the size of the one they had with adidas. Credit: PA

Adidas currently produce all of the Hammers' official kits but the change will take place ahead of the club's final season at Upton Park before their move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 campaign.

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady was pleased to seal a new partnership, explaining:

As we approach two historic seasons for West Ham United, we are delighted once again to team up with Umbro.

(They are) a company which - like West Ham - is steeped in the heritage of English football but also a fast-growing global brand with an exciting future ahead.

It is especially fitting that - during our final season at the Boleyn Ground - our players and fans will wear a brand synonymous with one of the finest moments in West Ham's rich history: England's 1966 World Cup triumph.

– West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady

West Ham boss backs Pearson over ostrich rant

West Ham manager Allardyce has backed Pearson. Credit: PA

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has defended Leicester counterpart Nigel Pearson after he was branded a bully for a bizarre press conference in which he labelled a journalist "an ostrich".

Allardyce, speaking at his press conference ahead of West Ham's game against Burnley on Saturday, leapt to the defence of his fellow manager and hit out at the furore created around this latest incident.

When you are down there dealing with the pressures that come upon in terms of staying in the Premier League, I think it is a huge pressure for everybody to continue to work under that situation and come through it.

What surprises me is this condescending attitude about what should happen to Nigel that I have been hearing about this morning. People have been talking about bullying and stuff like that - what a load of rubbish. It's an outburst. Simple as that, plain and simple.

But I listen to the world of the media and sometimes it really does baffle me what they come out with in terms of what he should or shouldn't be doing.

– West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.
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