Last Updated: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:33
West Ham have announced they have completed the signing of former Fulham striker Mladen Petric on a deal until the end of the season.
The former Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund star said he was delighted to be joining the Hammers and is hoping to make a major impact in east London. The 32-year-old is likely to start matches because of injuries to club-record signing Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole.
Averaging a goal in every other start for Fulham last season, the Croatian said he was excited to be handed another challenge back in the English top-flight.
"I'm very happy, excited and looking forward to training with the team and to the first game," he told the official club website. "I know [the Premier League] and I'm happy to be back in the Premier League, because it's a fantastic league and I'm really looking forward to being part of this team and this club.
"There are a lot of good players here and I'm happy to be part of such a good team and I hope we can all celebrate my first goal for West Ham as soon as possible."
On his move to the Boleyn Ground, he added: "I didn't speak to Sam [Allardyce] until today but I've heard a lot about him and I spoke to Guy Demel, who I know from my time at Hamburg and I'm sure I'll have a good time here.
"I remember playing at West Ham last year and it was a very tough game for us at Fulham. I think we lost 3-0! It's not easy to come here [as the away side] and take points away."
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