West Ham complete deadline day swoop for Albian Ajeti

The 22-year-old striker has signed a four-year contract at London Stadium, with a club option for a further two years.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: West Ham United unveil new signing Albian Ajeti at The London Stadium on August 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

West Ham have completed the deal to sign Albian Ajeti from Swiss side Basel for £8million.

The 22-year-old striker has signed a four-year contract at London Stadium, with a club option for a further two years.

Ajeti, who has been brought in as back-up to record signing Sebastien Haller and Javier Hernandez, scored 15 goals in 35 games last season and was part of the Switzerland national squad that competed in the Nations League tournament this summer.

“I’m very excited to be here,” he said. “It is a pleasure for me to be here, at this big club.

“Once I felt West Ham’s interest, I didn’t have to think twice about signing for such a big, traditional club in the Premier League. This is a big day for me and my family.”

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Director of Football Mario Husillos told West Ham’s official website that he was thrilled to get the deal over the line.

“We are very happy to welcome Albian to West Ham United. He is another very young player who we believe can have a big future at the club,” he said.

“Our scouts have watched him many times and given very good reports. He is an aggressive, quick striker who likes to play in the box.

“He has scored a lot of goals, both for Basel and the Switzerland national team at a number of levels, and we feel he is ready to make this big step with West Ham.

Ajeti is the Hammers’ sixth signing, following the arrivals of Haller, midfielder Pablo Fornals, defender Goncalo Cardosa and goalkeepers Roberto and David Martin.

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