West Ham United has confirmed the signing of striker Mladen Petric as manager Sam Allardyce looks to bolster his attacking options.
PA Sport
10 Sep 2013 - 11:24 PM  UPDATED 11 Sep 2013 - 6:11 AM

The 32-year-old Croatia international has joined the Upton Park club until the end of the season after his departure from Premier League rival Fulham at the end of the last campaign.

Allardyce had only
Modibo Maiga and
Ricardo Vaz Te fit at the moment after
Andy Carroll suffered a setback in his return from a heel injury which has prevented him from making an appearance for the Hammers since completing a permanent transfer from Liverpool.

The club confirmed several offers for a striker on transfer deadline
day had failed and a move for Carlton Cole, who left West Ham at the end
of his contract in June, was also called off after the England forward
could not prove his fitness.

Because Petric was a free agent he was
not constrained by the closing of the transfer window and will join up
with his new team-mates relishing the chance to get back to playing in

"I'm very happy, excited and looking forward to training with the team and to the first game," Petric told the club's official website.

"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."

Petric confirmed his former Hamburg team-mate Guy Demel had sold the
club to him, and the new recruit knows from his own experience what West
Ham offer.

"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," said Petric.

"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."