George John signs loan deal with West Ham

The FC Dallas defender finally makes a move to the UK months after turning down a contract offer from Blackburn Rovers of the Premier League.
UPDATED: Friday, 9:52 a.m. ET

FC Dallas defender George John is headed to England after agreeing to a loan deal with West Ham, as first reported.

At the end of the two-month loan, West Ham will have the option to complete a full transfer for John. Major League Soccer released a statement Friday, a day after John had officially signed.

“This is an opportunity for George to raise his play to another level,” said Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He has the opportunity to spend time with a club rich in tradition, playing in one of the top leagues as they work to earn a promotion back to the Premiership. I have no doubt we will see an even better center back at the end of this period.”

John had been seeking a move to Europe for quite some time. MLS and Blackburn Rovers reached an agreement on terms for a transfer of John last August, but John was unable to come to personal terms with the club and talks ended.

John, 24, has played in Major League Soccer for three seasons with FC Dallas. Last season, the 6-foot-3 star had three goals and an assist in 31 games.