West Ham sign Portsmouth goalkeeper Stephen Henderson on loan

The 23-year-old was forced out of Fratton Park due to the south coast club's financial constraints and has spoken of his aim to displace Hammers No.1 Rob Green

West Ham have signed goalkeeper Stephen Henderson on emergency loan from Portsmouth until the end of the season.

The highly-rated 23-year-old has made 27 appearances for Pompey so far this season, but with financial worries looming over the club the move is part of exhaustive cost-cutting measures.

Henderson spoke of his delight at the short-term switch, and has immediately set his sights on displacing current Hammers No.1 Rob Green.

"As everybody knows, Portsmouth have financial difficulties, so I was told that West Ham put a bid in on Friday and that bid was accepted. I'm sad to leave Portsmouth but very happy to join a successful club in West Ham," the keeper told the club's official website.

"I'm aware that I might have to wait for my chance because Robert Green is one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship - everyone knows that. I will just come here, work as hard as I can and hopefully be ready when I'm given my chance.”

"I'm only 23 but I want to be playing games, like any other player. Robert Green is very respected but I'll keep working hard and we'll see what happens."

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