Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Marquee West Ham signing reveals former Hammer that convinced him to join

New West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart showed up for his first press conference in claret and blue sporting a fetching black eye.

"The induction was to have a fight with Andy Carroll", he jokes, but really it is the result of throwing himself around in training in preparation for the new season with his new club. "No, yesterday I spread for the ball. There wasn't an terrible lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer, so I'm very grateful to get this opportunity".

"I am looking forward to it", he said.

Sandro could have taken up a role on the left of West Ham's attack or even through the middle, and whilst Bilic will be happy to have Arnautovic and Hernandez on board, the Hammers will now watch on wondering what Sandro could have done at the London Stadium.

The 30-year-old has 71 England caps, two Premier League trophies, an FA Cup and two League Cups to his name.

The goalkeeper is set to return to the Premier League with West Ham on Sunday, having joined the club on a season-long deal from Manchester City after spending last term with Torino.

"A permanent move was going to be hard", he admitted.

"I'd like to think I have come back from Italy a better keeper".

"Ideally I wanted to be signing a permanent deal somewhere so I could set my life up and have a direction".

West Ham were woeful at the back, and in truth United could have scored more than the four they did.

Asked about the difficulties City have experienced trying to replace him, Hart added: "That's their problem".

"I come here with high demands on my team-mates because I demand a lot of myself".

"I am here to try and help and I am also here to learn, so if everyone has a similar mind set then we have a unsafe squad".

Today's defeat may just leave West Ham looking to the transfer market again before this month's deadline, but Bilic has now revealed that the Hammers did in fact miss out on another attacking addition this summer.

"'Jamo' said to me that I would love it here when I spoke to him and I want to add to that", said Hart. "That's what I'll keep doing until my body won't let me". The money side of it is great and it is important, but at the end of the day I'm a young guy, I want to play football, that's all I want to do.

He didn't want to talk about it, but it was clear that the split with Manchester City is still raw.

And chances are it will be the sort of game that will give him the chance to prove Guardiola wrong and book his place on England's World Cup plane to Russian Federation next summer.

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