West Ham United complete signing of former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Joey O’Brien

The Republic of Ireland international has been training with the club for several weeks and now makes the move official after seven years at the Reebok Stadium
West Ham United have completed the signing of Joey O’Brien on a free transfer with the player admitting he is "delighted" at moving to Upton Park.

The midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Bolton Wanderers and boss Owen Coyle decided to release him at the end of last season.

O’Brien will now team up with former manager Sam Allardyce, who has made a number of signings since taking over at Upton Park.

Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan and Bolton winger Matt Taylor are just two of the players to have joined the Hammers, who are looking to recover from their relegation under Avram Grant last season.

Speaking to the club’s official website following his move, the 25-year-old, who has three Republic of Ireland caps, said: "I'm delighted to finally sign because I've been here since the start of pre-season.

"It's been a few weeks now and it's gone well. The manager wanted me to sign and as soon as I heard that, there was no real hesitation. I'm pleased it's done and dusted."