Pablo Barrera is risking perturbing West Ham United supporters by saying that he is using the Hammers to find his way to the big clubs.
The Mexico international is waiting for a work permit to play in England so that he can officially complete his £4million transfer from Mexican club Pumas UNAM.
The 23-year-old will move to West Ham on a two-year deal, but it seems his focus is already on moving to a bigger club in the future.
"To perform for West Ham and then move to a bigger team in Europe are my goals,” Barrera told The Sun.
"I want to show what I'm made of and then succeed in Europe."
Barrera caught the attention of new West Ham manager Avram Grant while playing for Mexico at the World Cup.
The Mexican winger is pleased to fulfil a lifelong dream and make the move to a European league next season and hopes to help West Ham improve on their 17th place finish this year.
"My agent told me they are signing players to get better.
"For me, it's just cool to play football in Europe because it's a dream I have had since before the World Cup."